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"This is a new venture altogether," said Mr. K. C. Fenwick, chairman of the Auckland City subcentre of the New Zealand Red Cross Society, at the opening this morning of the first Red Cross clinic in the city. The clinic is in the St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church Sunday school rooms at 70, Brown Street, Ponsonby.

Mr. Fenwick said that some time r ago the matter was taken up with " the Hospital Board with a view to • helping to relieve the congestion in t the outpatients' department at the - hospital, where people seriously ill . sometimes had to wait for hours to ■ receive attention. The board was > sympathetic, but did not feel it could i meet the expense involved. How- . ever, the Rev. W. R. Milne, minister I O" St. Stephen's, came to the society's aid and gave the rooms free of charge. The clinic was now fitted out and ■ would be in operation on Monday. ? "The establishment of these clinics , is very necessary," said the Mayor, . Mr. Allum, in formally declaring the : clinic open. "I am gravely disturbed at the difficulty people are experiencing in getting medical attention. , This is no reflection on the medical men, who are overworked. There is no need to go into the reasons, but it is a fact." Such clinics should be in all parts of the city, the Mayor continued. He added that he would, however, also like to see more preventive medical action taken. It was appropriate that the work should be inaugurated by the Red Cross, and he was pleased that his church had helped. He was sure the City Council would be only too pleased to assist the movement. The clinic would benefit the sick, and he also hoped that all who served there would derive satisfaction from their unselfish service. The Mayor had spoken of the importance of the clinic to the community, said Major-General P. H. Bell, C.8., D.5.0., president of the centre, but it was also important to the Red Cross, for it was tangible evidence that there was still art enormous •amount of work for the society to do, even though the war might be drawing to an end. On behalf of the office-bearers of St. Stephen's Church, Mr. Milne said it was the policy of his church to make its buildings available to the wider public for uses such as this, ■where it could be done without inter-' ferjng with church work, and there was no organisation they would rather help than the Red Cross. The clinic, which is furnished with a bed and seating accommodation and first-aid equipment, will be at j tended by a nurse and a voluntary aid on week days to give medical attention to minor accident and ill* ness cases, i

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"NEW VENTURE", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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"NEW VENTURE" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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