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HOSPITAL BOARD, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919
The monthly meeting of the Ashburton Hospital and Charitable Aid Board was held to-day. The members present were: Messrs C. Reid (chairman), J. Cairns, H. Friedlander, W. Robinson, H. J. Harrison, F. W. Watt, and W. J. Dickie, M.P ■'The-treasurer reported a credit balance at the bank of £2194 18s 6d. The subsidy due was £221 Is 7d. The receipts' since last meeting aggregated £26^5 3s 3d, and included: County Council £189, land agents' fees £40 10s rent £6, subsidy £2266 3s sd, South Canterbury Hospital Board account land £77 15s* 4d,. Tinwald Town Board £12 ss, contractors' deposits £18. refund £1, patients' fees £34 9s 6d.
The chairman (Mr C. Rcid) reported as follows ::— '"• The month of March, from a health point of view, was, like the preceding two months, satisfactory, as few cases of infectious disease called for attention. Within the Borough one case of scarlet fever and one of suspected diphtheria were reported, and one case of scarlet fever at Lauriston. Three tubercular cases also came under notice —one an infant and two returned sol- ' diers. Tho lever patients were isolated at the fever hospital and the others at their own homes. Sonic necessary repairs have been made at the hospital, the chief being the re-fitting of a window and frame in the nurses' room at 1 the fever ward, as this was in danger of being blown in; Several panes of <dass were also renewed, having been broken by the recent gales. The plaster in the 'corridor and slates on the roof have also been attended to. The hospital porter having left, I in- . tstructed the secretary to advertise for a suitable man, and F. Clark, a re- '' turned soldier, has taken up the duties. Two old men have been re-admitted to Tuaran<- Home during the last month. One had been expelled from Nazareth House, and the sister in charge would ■not re-admit him to the Home. The following tenders have been accepted for 12 months:—Bread, Mrs Pollock; meat. T. Barber: drugs, R. Totty; •milk. 'E.- A: Small; Charitable Aid funerals. Baker Bros. No tenders were •accepted for groceries and fuel. As directed, the matter ,of the resident medical officer was placed before the Hon. Minister of Hospitals, and, acting under his advice, applications have been invited from medical men qualified to fill the position, by advertising in the chief centres. Particulars pertaining to the appointment will now require to be drafted, as enquiries have already been made by medical men under whose notice the . proposed appointment has come." —Tlie report was adopted. The Medical Superintendent reported that "there were nine males and nine females, in the hospital on March 1, and 14 males and eight females! were admitted during the month. Eleven males and six females were discharged. while two males and one female had died, leaving 10 males and 10 females in the institution on March .31. Eleven operations—four of a' major nature — were performed. Two scarlet fever cases were admitted and one discharged. Two old men were at present inmates who were really not hospital cases and practically incurable, al- \ though not really ill in any serious !way. He suggested that they should Abe transferred to Tuarangi Home. An |ol_ man was sent in by the police a - .few days ago who was helplessly drank,, 'nothing else beint*- the matter. Obriously cases like this were hardly cases 'or the wards. i Mr Friedlander said the matter, of ending inebriated men to the hospital hould be referred back to the police. !he hospital was hardly a place for runken men. SMr Watt said the man referred to oked very ill, and if he had died of i '-elect after the, board - having been quested by the police to take him in, imight have caused trouble. I Mr Dickie said it was the good tisky they kept in Ashburton. c report was approved. Vlr E. N Johnson, Health Inspector, iorted that 71 cases of scarlet fever I been notified during the year, as /iinst 72 last year. During the first >Xew months of the year it assumed epi"\mic form, but gradually subsided, .c average for the last six months oeing 3.5. Where strict isolation was observed, the spreading of the disease was checked. Diphtheria had been less . prevalent than scarlet fever, the cases notified being 20, as against 21. A number.-of cases of tuberculosis were revealed through Medical Board examination" during the early part of the year. A number of cases nursed in private houses had died, influenza being* responsible for some of them. The comparative figures were nine, against 18 last year. Four deaths resulted from scarlet fever, four from tuberculosis, one from hydatids, and 56 from influenza. The number of infectious cases treated at the hospital were: Scarlet fever 40, diphtheria 12, hydatids 1, cerebro-spinal meningitis 1. The infectious cases had occurred in all . parts of the County, and.33 had been brought to the hospital in the board's motor-car. The yearly inspections included visits, to milking sheds in 20 districts in, the County, and improvements were ordered to "be carried out in a large number of cases. —Received.
The Matron reported that the month liad been exceptionally quiet. She had -contracted a sharo attack of inflammation, but Tiop'ed after a rest to be able to resume duty on April 7. She asked permission to partially keep a pony at the hospital, and would provide feed.—The report was received, and permission was granted to keep the Donv.
The River ton Hospital Board forwarded the following resolution for endorsement: '-That the Minister of Public Health be urged to amend the Public Health Act in the direction of establishing classes throughout tlie Dominion for the study of hygiene, sanitation, and care of the sick, and that it be compulsory for all females between tlie ages of 17 and 20 to attend; on the same lines as our military service is carried out; that the instructors be competent nurses from public hospitals, under the authority of the.Hospital Boards."—Mr Cairns said the Board should take no notice of the circular. He contended that with getting the boys away and then the girls, they would have no one left at home at all to do any work. —The chairman said the epidemic proved that a great many people did not know w*hat to do in. case of sickness.—The letter was referred to a committee to report to.next meeting. The Ashburton Automobile Association wrote'offering to place motors at the disposal' of inmates and returned soldiers in hospital, if they desire the _ame for outings. The Association
HOSPITAL BOARD, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919
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