Not To Treat Scabies – Conisborough Hospital Decision

February 1942

South Yorkshire Times – Saturday 21 February 1942

Not To Treat Scabies

Conisbrough Hospital Decision

The question of scabies being treated at Conisborough Isolation Hospital was discussed at Wednesday’s meeting of Doncaster and Mexborough Joint Hospital following a letter from Dr. T. N. V. Potts, County Medical Officer.

The Board had previously decided that scabies should not be treated at the Hospital, and on Wednesday adhered to this decision.

Dr. Potts said the County Council had authorised the provision of outpatient treatment of scabies for children at Infectious diseases hospitals at a payment by the County not exceeding 10s. per single treatment to cover the cost of the actual treatment, disinfection, necessary bed and clothing allowance, and for the transfer of patients to hospitals where necessary. This did not cover evacuees but only children resident In the County Council area.

It had been found in a great majority of cases that a single treatment carried out In one day had cleared up a condition and 10s. more than covered the treatment as well as administration.

Coun. W. Cranfield J.P., said the Board had taken the opinions of every Medical Officer of the constituent authorities who stated that it would be unwise to deal with these cases. The limited accommodation at the Hospital must not be used for scabies otherwise there would not be the accommodation for the diseases catered for.

His motion that the Board adhere to its previous derision was unanimously carried.