24th January



Board of Management Minutes: Jul 1894 – Jan 1902 NHNN/A/4/5

The Secretary-Director reported that the expenditure incurred to this time in connection with the controversy and inquiry amounted to £900 and some items were still outstanding. The cheques drawn on this account amounted to £852.15.0. He reminded the Board that in the Report for the past year they had stated that the cost of the controversy remained to be dealt with. It was then resolved, that as it appears to the Board that the expenses of the controversy and the inquiry in connection therewith ought not to be charged to the ordinary income, while at the same time the Board do not think well in present circumstances, to order a rule of securities, a sum of one thousand pounds (£1000) to be borrowed of Messrs Coutts to cover the expenditure incurred, the Board’s successors being thus left free to deal with the matter wither by sale of invested funds or otherwise as they may think expedient.


Matron’s Reports NHNN/N/3/2

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

‘I have to report that Christmas was spent very quietly in the Hospital this year. Unfortunately all the nurses were taken ill after their Christmas dinner – on analysis the lemonade was found to contain antimony, due to the action of the lemon juice on some enamel jugs, which were evidently of an inferior make.’


Matron’s Reports NHNN/N/3/2

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

‘On Monday, January 9th, the third floor in the new building was opened for medical women – 17 beds, with Sister Colclough in charge. This enables us to put the second floor in order, this now contains eight beds for women and eight beds for men.

With the prospect of pulling down the houses in Guildford Street in the near future, the question of housing the staff is becoming urgent, as it will take some time to make suitable arrangements. There are 11 night nurses to be considered, 5 senior sisters and three masseuses, making a total of 19. In addition there are 20 male nurses in House 51, three of these are on night duty. The women nurses could be accommodated in the new building on the two top floors, but the male nurses are a different proposition. The new nurses’ hostel does not include room for the men, so there will be no accommodation for them until it is possible to procure Queen Square House or similar property.’


Board of Management Minutes: Jan 1938 – Nov 1945 NHNN/A/4/11

The Secretary reported that he and Matron had had some conversation with the Holborn Borough Council with regard to leasing to the Council the Westminster Wing, i.e. the old Lecture Theatre, the Wards and the old Operating Theatre. It was proposed to use these premises for First Aid training in peace time and the Borough Council were willing to pay the Hospital £200 a year inclusive of heating, lighting and rates, termination of the lease being subject to three months’ notice on either side.

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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