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The ordinary monthly meeting of the Ashburton Hospital and Charitable Aid Board* was held this morning. Present: Messrs Hugo Friedlander (chairman), C. lleid, H. Davis, G. W. Andrews, H. J. Harrison, J. Cairns, and C. J. Harper. The treasurer reported that , there was a credit balance at the Bank of New Zealand amounting to £89 8s Bd, | an outstanding loan to the Borotrgh i Council of £300, and cash in hand totalling £420 2s lid. The sum of £93 2s lid wa's out in cheques, making a total credit balance of £736 8s Bd. The amounts due to the Board totalled £255-8s sd. The revenue receiverl since the last meeting had amounted to £501 15s Bd, including \ £400 of the Ashburton Borough Council loan. Chairman's Report.

The chairman reported that since the January meeting of the Board notifications of infectious diseases had.been' few,-and .consequently the services of the inspector had not been required. One ense of tuberculosis had been duly notified by the medical man attending the case, and one case had come under the .notice of the Board on January 17.^ This, however, had not yet bc-er. formally notified here. Both cases had been investigated by the health officer. The latter case was seeking admission to a .sanatorium for, treatment. , Two cases vi chk:ken-pox had occurred within Lhe Rorough during the period covered by this report. The system-of carrying the stormwater from the roof to ,the boulder pits was not satisfactory. Dairinp; Lhe recent heavy rains the pii* had not pi-ovod adequate to carry ofl the r.raount of water poured into them. The result was that the down-pipes had been filled to the top, and the overflow hnd si roamed like a cascade down the walls and found its way to the interior through the ventilators., YVatei had also found its way into other parts of the building, both upstairs and down. The plumber had stated that, as far as the kitchen trouble was concerned, the water came from the old brick walls, which required re-pointmg. This should have been done when the alterations were in progress. All vacancies on the \ domestic staff had I been filled with the exception of that of laundress, for which position applications have been invited by advertisement. In the course of his visits to i the hospital, the chairman stated that he had found the institution well looked after. Several unattera required the attention of the Board, and members would have to consider them shortly, so that, if they were approved of, provision for, their cost-.could be. included in next year's estimates. They were: — (1) Painting the institution inside and out; (2) the heating of the main wards, or the institution as a whole, by steam; (3) to provide a steam laundry. The main wall of the hospital on the northeast side, at the point where the wall was cut for the new corridor, had been badly shaken, as could be seen by the patches on the cornice under , the Matron's bedroom window. There appeared to have been a settlement, and one piece of Oamaru stone, the height of tho window in the room referred to, was displaced, and was a source of danger. I!" it should fall, it would 1 damage the roof of the corridor leading to the new surgical ward. The chairman added that some, of. the work had been carried out^ in an unsatisfactory | manner. I In connection , with the varioiis matters concerning the buildings, it was agreed .that the Board as a whole should make, an inspection at "a very early date. The chairman's report was then adopted. Other Reports. , •

The Medical Superintendent reported that at the beginning of January there were 11 patients (eight males and three females) in the hospital. 'During the month 21 males and six females had been admitted, and lO^nales and five females had been discharged. Two males had died, and there were 17 males and four females remaining in the hospital on January 31. Eight operations 'had been performed during the month. The fever' ward was now empty, no new cases having been admitted during January.—Adopted. 'In her monthly report the Matron drew attention to sthe laundry, which was inadequate, especially in regard to facilities for drying. The Matron also stated that the fact of having to give up two hours of every afternoon for patients' visitors greatly. interfered with the working of the hospital, and was not good for the patients themselves. She hoped the Board would give the matter of suitable visiting days its attention.—lt was agreed to j refer the two matters mentioned in.-the Matron's report to a special meeting of the Board, and the report was then adopted. The gardener's report was read and , adopted. , The Visiting Committee's report was received and considered satisfactory. i Messrs Dickie and Harper wore appointed the Visiting^ Committee for the ensuing month. ;.. . „. Correspondence, \ "

The" circular letter received at the last meeting oi' the Board from the Inspector-General of Hospitals regarding the diversity of pay for similar positions m different hospitals, and suggesting that the Department should draw up a uniform scale of salaries to be adopted by Hospital Boards, was brought up tor consideration. —Copjes of tho circular,had been sent to each member of the Board. —Mr Harper said that ho had gone through the circular, and ho had come to tho' conclusion that Ashburton would have to go on as previously. They could not work on lines similar to thoso adopted by some other hospitals.—Mr Davis said the Inspector-General wanted to grade the hospitals. In the speaker's, opinion tho scheme was almost impracticable.—The Chairman said he thought there was moiy in Dr. Valintine's idea than at first appeared. "He thought it was a matter that could well bo brought under the notice of the Conference which was being convened by the Bullcr Hospital and Charitable Aid Boai'd-—lt was agreed that the matter be held in abeyance in the-meantime. The Inspector-General of Hospitals wrote informing the Board that tho Minister approved of the-new scales 1 of charges, viz., 4s 6A per dny in the public ward, with a minimum of 10s 6d when an operation was performed, and is 6d per day in a privaie ward, with a minimum -charge of £2 2s when an operation was performed.—lt was agreed that the by-laws bo altered accordingly, and the letter was ''received."

The .secretary of the Christelmrch Hospital and Ch:iriu ; blo Aid Bo:ird wrote-stating i!» n t the ruoethv of representatives of Hospital atid"'Charitable Aid Boards m the South Island.

north of the Waitaki River, would be held in Christchurch on Tuesday, March 3, io endeavour to arrive at an , arrangement whereby residents from Hospital and Charitable Aid districts outside North Canterbury may be - i granted admission to the Cashmere I Sanatorium for Consumptives. A rein ii, from the Bullor Hospital and. Charitable* Air. Hoard—" That thequestion of maintenance of patients admitted into the hospital, coming from other -districts, and the liability. of such other districts for cost of maintenance " —would also Jje considered. — .Received. The man I. Prondergast wrote forwarding tlie of £8, the balance- of the amount owing by .him for hospital treatment. This- last contribution makes a to ml or £38 paid by Prendei-gsuii.—Jte:-oivrd. General. The chairman introduced the mutter of i)r.' Pettey (Dr. Lyon's partner) performing duty a I the Ashburton County- Hospital in lieu of Dr." Lyou without permission from the Board. — The Board \\e;it into committee to 1 discuss the matter, and .on resuming reported' that it liaci resolved- that .{jhe question of Dr. hyon substitut\ng; ( a confrere to «(■(• for him at the Ashburton County J loh^ital without permission or the knowledge of the Board had been left id the hands of the chairman to deal with and 'settle. It'was resolved that the matter'of overdue accounts bo referred to a committee consisting ol" the chairman a»d Messrs Harper ami Davis", with power to act. '"•■.- A tender from Messrs Crum Bros. -* andjfDyhrberg was rocoived for concrete . foundations for entrance gates at the :. hospital.—Action was deferred , - • .Accounts amounting to £613 6s' 4rl: . were pjissed for payment.

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HOSPITAL BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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HOSPITAL BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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