12th January


Secretary’s Letter Book: NHNN/A/31

To Dr Henry Dickman

Dear Sir,

Dr Batten handed me your letter of the 10th inst. from which I regret to learn that you have received complaints of our outpatient Porter, A, in respect of his manner to patients. You may be sure that it is the desire of the Board that all patients should be treated in a courteous manner by the servants of the Hospital, and that any who are found wanting in this respect will be dealt with in no uncertain manner. In this particular instance, the old servant who is apparently at fault has served faithfully for 30 years, and his work in every respect has been most efficiently done. He is, however, rather uncertain in temper, and in the natural course of events will retire before long. I think you will understand that the position is rather a difficult one, and I have not gone further than giving a thorough talking to. If, however, you wish me to report this matter to the Board, I will do so, but I do not think any cause for complaint will arise in the future.

Yours faithfully,

Godfrey H. Hamilton (secretary)


Board of Management Minutes: Dec 1907 – Apr 1917 NHNN/A/4/7

A letter was read from Dr Aldren Turner to the Chairman dated December 21st suggesting that one or two wards of the Hospital be set apart entirely for the treatment of military patients suffering from nervous shock. It was resolved, subject to a satisfactory financial arrangement with the War Office being arranged, that one ward of 16 beds be immediately provided for these cases and that at a later date another ward be offered.

It was resolved to advertise for a temporary junior house physician, salary at the rate of £100 a year, and to notify in the advertisement the fact that medical women are not excluded.


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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