8th April



Staff records NHNN/S/6

Mr J C

On 8th April 1915 the parent of J C wrote to the Hospital on his behalf, “In answer to the advertisement in today’s Chronicle for a boy to work in dispensary. I have a son just left school aged 15 and I would much like to get him in a hospital for dispensary work. I have enclosed copy of the reference he has received from his Master on leaving school. He has not been out before which could be taken into consideration with regards to wages.”Mr C was employed as a Dispensary Boy from 14th April 1915.


Medical Committee Minutes Jan 1913 – Dec 1924 NHNN/A/9/3

Proposal in regard to a Psycho-Therapeutic Clinic exclusively for functional cases and many ex-soldiers

After some discussion it was agreed that the following be sent to the Board of Management:

That the Medical Staff are of opinion that a Psycho-Therapeutic department is a desirable expansion of the ordinary work of the hospital and they think such a department should be established as soon as it is possible to obtain the suitable staff – The suggestion however made in the recommendation submitted to the Medical Staff by the Board that such a clinic should be established for the exclusive treatment of disabled soldiers and sailors does not in the opinion of the Medical Staff seem appropriate.


Matron’s Reports NHNN/N/3/1

Cicely U Tafe – reports from 21 May 1929 to 22 May 1945

I regret to inform the Board that Gibbins Ward is still in quarantine for Diphtheria. Princess Christian has also been in quarantine since March 31st for Scarlet Fever.

With the permission of the Board I would like to order one rubber mattress, price £13.10.0 for trial in the wards. These mattresses are replacing water beds in many hospitals, and I think they would be very suitable for our patients.’ (Recommended: Order one but it must be reinforced as described).

I should like to ask the Board for instructions with regard to the nurses now receiving massage training. The Chartered Society has introduced a new examination in Advanced Medical Electricity, which will make a complete course of 18 months work in the School necessary. This means that the nurses accepted for two years, will in exchange for 6 months night duty in the Hospital, receive 18 months instruction in the Massage School. The total cost of each to the Hospital being approximately £230. With the sanction of the Board I propose that the arrangement of taking nurses on a reciprocal basis be gradually discontinued, replacing them with fully trained nurses at £70 a year, who would be engaged for one year and given a special certificate at the completion of that time. If this is successful the hospital will be a heavy gainer and a good deal of the problem of housing will be met.

(Recommended: The Board ask for a written report on this and any other nursing matters to circulate in time for the next Board meeting. I am to add a note as to how the proposal to discontinue the reciprocal nurses will affect the Massage School. In the meantime accept no more of this type of nurse.)

On This Day is a diary of day to day life in the Hospital covering 1859 to the 1940’s.

Extracts are taken from the staff records, letters, the reports of the Matron and the Lady Superintendent, and the minutes of the Board of Management and the Medical Committee. They were compiled with the help of Janet Townsend, Frankie Alves, Louise Shepherd, Michael Clark and Liz Yamada

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