The school log
book suggests the village was not a very healthy place: numerous entries about
school closures and exclusions due to epidemics of measles, whooping cough,
'flu, scarlet fever and diptheria.
1887 April 20th - Closed School today by order of the Medical
Officer of Health owing to an epidemic of Measles.
May 20th - School reopened Monday; 84 present. Several
are still away suffering from Measles and Ringworm.
1888 Oct. 12th - School opened on Monday after having been
closed six weeks. The last two weeks by order of the Medical Officer of Health
owing to an outbreak of Scarlet Fever.
1889 Jan 18th - Three children absent from Whooping-cough
and many more
entries most years up to 1946.
nurses visit the school to inspect for infections, nits, skin disease, etc.
1916 July 20th Nurse Bullock
called to examine children's heads. [First mention]
school closed for diphtheria outbreak [till Nov. 13th]
School disinfected by teachers today.
1919 July 8th Letter of exclusion
received for [3 children of 1 family]: This is on account of Ringworm in Head.
3 separate letters of advice and pamphlets of treatment were sent by me... In the
afternoon I sent the 3 boys home as they came without the linen caps according
to instructions. Gardening today to make up lost time thro' weather.
they come to organise immunisation - after which school closures cease:
1947 Oct. 22nd Dr. Maingay came to
give Immunisation Injections. He was assisted by Nurse Chadwick.
The District Nurse
The Mulbarton & District Nursing Association
In 1914, the
Association began to charge its members:
"The Mulbarton & District Nursing
Association has been obliged to make a new rule which became operative on
October 1st 1914. It was hoped that the voluntary offerings of
patients would bring in such a sum that would make up the deficiency in the
subscriptions, but this has not been the case. Rule 5 therefore reads ' 'In
cases of general sickness the charges for the Nurse's visits will be as under:-
Class I 2d. Class II
4d. Class III 6d."
Carlton Parish Magazine, November 1914)
arrived as District Nurse in June 1920, replacing Nurse Thompson who left to
get married. At that time, the Nurse's salary was £90 a year + uniform (£1.8s.11d),
bicycle (18s 3d), insurances (£1.13s.3d) and cottage furniture (£18.0s.6d). The
other main expenditure was on drugs (£3.13s.4d) and fees and sundries
(£1.16s.2d). Income in 1919-20 came from voluntary subscriptions and donations
(£34.2s.1d - with donors and their gifts listed); charges for midwifery cases
(£19. 7s.0d); fees for Nurse's services (£2.17s.4d); Health Visiting Grant
(£1.1s.3d); School Nursing (1s 7d); plus payments from the Board of Guardians
(£2.2s.0d); from the Local Government Board (£7.12s0d); the County Council
Grant (£20);and Interest from Stock held by the Association (£21.4s0d).
continued into the 1930s whereby people could contribute 1 (old) penny a week
and pay a lot less for nursing care. Charges in 1934 were:
- threepence a visit (free to subscribers)
£1.2s.6d (15 shillings to subscribers)
12s.6d. (7s.6d to subscribers)
Nurse Sexton reported 20 midwifery and maternity cases, 59 general cases, 2
operations, 2 TB cases.
Mulbarton Parish Magazine, May 1937:
Meeting of The Mulbarton and District Nursing Association was held at The
World's End Club Room on April 19th. The resignation of the Hon.
Secretary, Mrs. Dupuis, was received with much regret. The annual report stated
that Nurse Sexton made 2508 visits to 106 cases which entailed bicycle journeys
amounting to 2844 miles.
were made to the baby weighing meetings.
whole pounds] Balance 1935-6, £60. Voluntary Subscriptions £25; Mulbarton
Nurse Fund endowment £21; Members' subscriptions £32; Fees £15; grants £55;
collections £5. Total £215. Expenditure: wages, uniform, rent, dressings, etc.
£175; Balance in hand £40