22nd January

1918

Board of Management Minutes: May 1917 – Dec 1925 NHNN/A/4/8

The Secretary reported that he had had interviews with Sir John Collie, Director of Medical Services to the Ministry of Pensions, who enquired on behalf of the Ministry if the Hospital would undertake the management of two institutions for discharged sailors and soldiers. The first, which is for neurasthenic cases, is situated at Bray Court, Maidenhead, and is expected to be ready for occupation in two to three months, when between 70 and 100 beds will be ready for the occupation of the patients. The second is Lonsdale Park, Clapham Parks S.W., a home for paraplegic cases which was open in June 1917 and contains 25 beds.

The Secretary was instructed to say that the Board are interested in the proposal but asked to be allowed for a short time before giving a final answer; he was directed to ascertain from the Medical Committee what co-operation could be given by the Honorary Staff in the medical service of the institutions and to call a meeting of the Board for Tuesday, January 29th at 3:45 p.m. for further consideration of the proposal.

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