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The monthly meeting of the Ashbur- 1 ton Hospital and Charitable Aid Board was liiild 111 i.i moriiing. i'resent: — -Uosm's K. Im ipdlsmder (Chairman), C. J. liiu'ptv. il. -J. Harrison, G. W. Andrev.:,. >V. J. Dickie, 31.P.. H. Da»-h. > -:d 3. CTupjs. Reports. The TrcisJi-LT reported a credit balance, ai tiio Hank oi" .New Zealand aino;ivJn<4 to £483 7s 4d. and an outsLsticiu.^ Borough Council loan of £300. 'lh'j .iinoiuu of cheques unpaid was „" "A-. njp.Uir.g a total credit balance, oi X-.i*7l 7s 4d. A subsidy, amour.Lia<4 Lo £122 13s sd, was due h-or.i iho" Covor':nic:it. The &urn of £278 Fs Jfld in had been re-ceive--l bi..00 i:v Mt>t meeting ol" the Board. The Clmjr-.iuri reported tnat the district inul had a clean bill of health since Ja'iusrv 27. and that no infectious discs si <i hud biv-i notified as having occurred in a*iy p<"i't of the County up co Fc-bru&rv 2'"). On thai date a case of puhiiojiiiry ;>hb'aUis was reported, the mail hpvrng just'arrived at Fairfield from Blenheim, where be stated he \;\-s, in tho hospital for six months. As would bo &eea from his application, ho had no fixed abode foi 1 some years past, and appoared to be one of, the true swaggpr type. Though the police referred him to the Board, they could give no information about" the man. On the recommendation of Dr. Hiuj'^r cne case had been sent-to Timaru tot X-ray treatment, and so far had apparently derived much benefit It was hoped a permanent cure would, refill without a surgical operation. Mr Coltins, architect", visited the on February 24, and arranged to have tho defective wall ottended to at once. Mr Collins would report ou the matter of heating the main wards as the present v.ieaVis of healing was not considered sufficient. Tho committee set up to go into tho matter oi' overdue aatientr.' amounts and tho Hospital by-iaws. met on February 23, and after cor'siclni-nlion. had instnifted the .secretary to isMio a final notice in certain c^se".. :rul take action for recovery of "counts unpaid on expiry of tamo and dftt given in each case. As 'the bv-lruvs required re-drafting, the committee f.Rksd the Board for an extension of time in which'to report. CorTprspiKdenoo would be read which has passed between. Dr. Lyori and myself re the. matter left by the Board' in my haMs to ■■deal with.' The Matron, who had had only a very brief holiday since she '-was appointed, three years ago. was asking tho Board for an extended holiday, and the Board ..was asked to give 1 tho matter its prompt consideration to •enable ;'satisfactory'arrangements to be m.ide for carrying on the work of .the "> Hospital during her absence. The posi- . tidii of laundress had. so far not been, filled, although the position .had been advertised in several'newspapers ' _ almost continuously since .last meeting. .; The Matron and' some of the staff w;ore dokYg their very utmost not to let theinstitution;suffer, but the position wascruising a''considerable amount ■of trouble and anxiety to all concerned. An. extension of time was granted to the-committee appointed to go into,the question of the revising of- the -bylaws. , , '" , .. „ ; ■ -.. On the motion of Messrs Harper and Cairns,' it ■ was ■ decided to discuss in committee the matter of granting .a six months' holiday to the Matron. — On resuming in open Board, the: chairman reported that it had been decided to grant the Matron six months' leave of absence, half the period to be' on full pay, such leave to cover, tiio two and -a-half months' holiday to which the Matron is entitled to. ■ .'■'.• ; . The Chairman's report was ' then _ adopted. ."■■■■ The Medicnl Superintendent reported that the number of patients in" the Hospital on January 31 was 21 . (17 males and four: females). Twelve males arid three females had been admitted dui'ing February > and nine males and two females had been discharged. One male patient and one female had died, and nine operations had been performed.' .Thei'.e were no fever cases in the institution. On February 28 there were 19 males and four females remaining in the Hospital. —The report j was adopted. The Matron's report was read and adopted. . ■ The gardener repdrted that general work" had been carried out during the month.—Tho report was adopted. • , The Inspector reported that since the last meeting three cases of tuberculosis had been reported,, three cases' '. of chicken pox. and one case of infantile paralysis.—The report was adopted. Mr Andrews reported on certain drainage alterations which were beingmade at the/Hospital.—The, report was ■received and adopted. Tho Committee set-up to go into the question of erecting a propagating lions?- for tho -gardener reported that inquiries had.'boon made from persons who'had put'up. houses, and it was considered the cost .would be.prohibitive.-— It-.TVf>s derided to take no action at p.i\?pjQ.-it..' ■'■.'-■.. ■ .• ' ■•■..'... Correspondence. A letter was received from Dr. Q. Lyan,, stating tiu'.t Dr.. Pettey had' only lukoiv his {t)r.: Lyoh's) work at the Hoispit&i .on-.oiio occasion when he had booa tu-gcviitlT away. The Medical Superintendent had stated that he' would jiavi) no Dr. Pettey administering-- anaesthetics. Dr. Lyon also applied for a year's leave of ab-sence-to euable. him to pay a visit,to the Old' Country. Dr. Pettey, his P'jiLiiL'r, v.i)"'ci Im prepared to do In.-, work i l r!ie jueiiniime.—The Chair-U'-n-nr.i'l tbai the staff was re-fippoint-fd ?.i tho <mhs of every finaneinl year.— Sl.' D.rris n'.o\cd, t<nd Mr Cairns se-r./'d.-d, applications be invited for !ji> Tiositionis ol' .surgeon snporintendent a.'d ass'si-int surgeon.—The motion /.ins carried.—lt was agreed that the Vr. -lav. 1 j Coir.fiiitU-f1 bs appointed to go into tJul q'•(••,t'.ji'i of the doctors' duties »".<\ dt';iv, u<) ;> schedule. A letter v. :\h roceiv:e.d from the Medicnl Superi'itevKlent regarding a^ child named AVillcocks, which had been admitted to the Hospital and discharged .shortly after, and about whom hnd been made by a relative of the child's. —The doctor's report vvns ■received, and considered satisfactory. Mrs \V. J. Dickio wrote accepting the position as lady visitor. Nurse Loy wrote applying for a short extension of leave of absence. — T!:e matter was left in the hands of tho Chairman to deal with. Miscellaneous. Messrs riarpe.r and Davis wore fir>pciinted a visiting committee for the ensuing month. It ;v?s decided to vote a sum of - £10 to Mr J. Young, Curator of the j

Christehurcli Domain, for services rendered to the Board.

Tenders were, acepp+od as follows: — E. J. Cox, for the. .supply ol meat; John Orr hr.d Co.. for the supply oi' (groceries; W. li. Collins and Co., coal; G. H. Buudy, bread; A. Topping, n'lilk; Bakor Bros., funeraL; drugs and medicine, the Ash burton Drug Company.

Account? fimoutttint; to £'203 Gs lid ii-ore pa&sed ior payment.

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HOSPITAL BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8807, 2 March 1914

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HOSPITAL BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8807, 2 March 1914