16th August

1939

Wartime arrangements: papers NHNN/A/54

Extracts from a report by the British Hospitals Association War Emergency Committee

Need for Lay Group Officers and Matrons outside the London area:

In answer to a letter from the war Emergency Committee, expressing the need for Lay Officers and Matrons in some hospital affiliations in the provinces, the Ministry have stated that they are willing to approve the appointment of these officers, on receiving nominations likely to prove acceptable to those hospitals concerned. If in the case of any affiliation a need for the appointment of Lay Officers and Matrons is felt, I am to advise the Key Hospitals in each case to get in touch with the Ministry and to nominate a suitable officer.

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Air Raid Shelters for Hospitals’ Employees:

It has been reported to the Committee that the Government had in some cases agreed to expenditure for shelters for hospital staff included in the hospitals structural precautions schemes.

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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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