The Medical Officer sitting at his desk in the medical block of the Pressed Steel Company

24 Jun 1939
Pressed Steel Company, Cowley, Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Photograph (Print)
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The original caption may contain language which is historic and which may no longer be considered appropriate. It has been retained in the record in the interest of historical accuracy.

The caption on the reverse of the photograph reads: “Hospital at Pressed Steel Company, Oxford. The medical officer’s room at the hospital in the works of the Pressed Steel Company, Oxford.”

Health services did not always meet the needs of industry; specialist services, mostly voluntary and provided by the employer were established at some industrial sites, and industrial medical officers were often employed. The medical officer of a factory would carry out a medical examination of new employees and those returning to work after injury, to ensure that each were fit to work. They would also supervise the treatment of injuries and illnesses, previously provided by often untrained nurses. Industrial nursing additionally monitored the effect of the working environment on health, in order to develop preventative measures and medicines. See also MED01/01/0415-0419 and MED01/01/0421-0426, and MED01/02/0016-0017. High-resolution copies of this image are available for free for non-commercial use. Please Enquire to place an order.


This is part of the Series: MED01/01 Series of prints; within the Collection: MED01 The Medical Collection


Source: Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Topical Press Agency Limited

Photographer: Harrison, Norman Kingsley


Office, Car Factory, Medical Block, Health And Welfare, People At Work