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Hackney 1959

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hackney]

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MILLFIELDS DISINFECTING STATION
The Council maintains an up-to-date well-equipped Disinfecting and Cleansing
Station in Millfields Road, and the following facilities are provided:-

SCABIES AND VERMINOUS CONDITIONS. Treatment of these conditions is carried out in the cleansing section of the Station and the following cases were dealt with:-

ScabiesHead bodyand liceCleansing Baths
CasesTreatmentsCon tacts (Preventive treatment s)CasesTreatmentsCasesTreatments
Children under 5 years243542849--
Children over 5 years44696166370--
Adults43668405722
Totals1111701823447622
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As in previous years cases from the boroughs of Walthamstow and Leyton and
the Forest Divisional Executive of the Essex Education Committee were accepted
for treatment at the Cleansing Centre.

Eleven cases were dealt with on behalf

of these three authorities, and in addition, three cases from the County Borough of East Ham, and one from the Borough of Ilford:-

ScabiesHead liceBody lice
Walthamstow Borough Council111
Leyton Borough Council3-1
Forest Divisional Executive Essex Education Committee-4-
East Ham County Borough Council-3-
Ilford Borough Council--1
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LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL MINOR AILMENTS CLINIC. The agreement whereby the
London County Council used part of the Cleansing Centre as a Minor Ailments
Clinic and for the treatment of scabies and verminous conditions in school
children, terminates on 31st March, 1960.
DISINFECTION AND DISINFESTATION. The following plant continued to be
available:-
Two large Washington Lyon Steam Disinfectors
One small Washington Lyon Steam Disinfector
One formalin chamber
One phenol chamber
Airing and drying rooms
Hydrogen cyanide chambers-of the three specially
constructed brick chambers, two are sufficiently
spacious to accommodate large furniture vans
Of the two large Steam Disinfectors one, which was constructed in 1894, is
now worn out and past repair at reasonable cost, Provision has been made for
the installation of an entirely up-to-date machine in the current year at a
cost of approximately £2,000.


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