12th September



Extracts from the Minutes of the Board of Management, National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic

At a meeting of the Board held this day at Turn Wheel Lane, Mr Alderman Wire in the Chair. Present Mr Alderman Hale, Mr Parker.

It was resolved that a Power of Attorney be at once bespoken and the requisite signatures obtained in order to sell stocks.

It was resolved that Messrs Coutts be requested to sell out £250 Consols.

Notice of Motion having been previously given by Mr Alderman Wire. It was resolved that the Drawing Room be used as a Board Room and office and the furniture at present on the ground floor be removed to it.

It was resolved that a notice be placed in the wards requesting the patients who are able to make themselves generally useful and thus save an extra nurse.

It was resolved that Rebecca Stockbridge 4 Albany St. Kings Cross, wife of a cab driver be admitted as an in door Patient on Dr Brown-Sequard’s recommendation.

The Secretary was instructed to appeal against rates to the amount of £7.1.8 per qt.

The diet scale and daily routine for patients were read and approved.

Miss Gower was allowed a weeks leave of absence.


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

The regretted death of H.R.H the Duchess of Albany having been referred to it was proposed by Sir Edwin Grant-Burls, recorded by Lord Muir Mackenzie and carried unanimously that:

“The Board of Management of the National Hospital wish to record their profound grief at the death of H.R.H. the Duchess of Albany. Her Royal Highness has been for many years one of the most valued supporters of the Charity, and has at all times been ready to give her active and personal assistance to any scheme that has been set on foot for its welfare, Her Royal Highness’s constant visits to Queen Square and the kindly interest she always took in the patients and staff have endeared her to everyone connected with the Hospital where she will be remembered with affection and respect.

“The Board respectfully beg leave to offer H.R.H. Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the expression of their sincere sympathy in her great loss.”

The Chairman was asked to send this resolution to H.R.H Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, and in so doing to ask Her Royal Highness to take her mother’s place in visiting the Hospital and interesting herself in the work.

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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