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The following letter from Drs Leahy apd Tweed ha* been forwarded to the local Hospital Board:— Ashburton, January 3rd, 1889. I The Obalrman Ashborton Hospital Board. Sir,— 'We, the undersigned medfcal praot tlnDorß, reildlog In Aahburton, have loDg thought that the Hogpltal could be made raora useful to the publlo and mom popu'ar aa an Inetituiton If a ohange In the management, which we shall suggest, were made. We would rcqaoat that we be allowed to attend oqr own patients, that !• those wbo may wish to be attended by another than the Hospial surgeon, This would, we are oonvlr.oad, bo a great boon to a great many persons who, although a.ble to pay far prlvafc attendance, oannat be satisfactorily treated at thoir own homes on acoouat of want of proper agcommodatlon • nd skilled qqralng, or, Indeed, In many oaie», of nuralng of any kind. You are, -doabtlees, »w<ire of tTio f«o vi thatjnany •Inglo men In this district have no homes, but litre lvt> sorvioe on farms or In wbares or teola on land of their own, and when I'ckneßS or accident overtake* them, they have to be removed to »n hotel or the hospital for treatment. In oases of this sort we woold point out that. If <hey oould be treated In the hocpltaj \ff wh'oh evor surgeon thpy preferred, the persons themselves woula he ntoro satisfied, the hospital would be more patronised and Its revenue proportionately Increased. We have, m the course of our practices, met wth numbers of oises In which patients have preferred to pat op with very primitive «urre-teodlng outside rather than avail themselves of the hospital, with all Its skilled attendance and appliances for the treatment of the nick *nd (DJurnd, for no other ranson fhau lh*t !'iey should on admfs.jfonbedeprlv6d oft ho «rvlcfl« of their rpgular inedlc«l attend»nt. Iq making this appHoatlon we desire to point out that wo wish In no wny to Interfaro with the management of the hospital ' by the house surgeon, as we meroly wish to have the privilege of attending those persons who wunt oqr services, but who, not having any proper nooomtnodation attbelr homes, are oompelled to go Into the ; hospttal. We are sir, Youra falthfollr, (Hpre folloy the algnatores, )

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THE ASHBURTON HOSPITAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2028, 4 January 1889

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THE ASHBURTON HOSPITAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2028, 4 January 1889