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HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 10421, 16 September 1897
The ordinary meeting, held at four o'clock yesterday afternoon, was attended by Mr P. Miller (chairman), Messrs J. Robin, J. N. Brown, S. S. Myers, W. Wills, H. Clark, and J. Green. • REPORTS. The House Committee reported that the instruments nnd surgical appliances applied for by the staff are required. Nursing'certificates were issued to Nurses Barclay, Ross, and Stewart. Messrs Harris and Fulton have tendered their resignations, which have been accepted.. The tender of Mr W. Henderson for old wood and iron building was accepted for the sum of £lB. Two new medical coils have been ordered for use in the wards. The usual annual cleaninganddistempering of the wards has been commenced. The operating theatre is practically finished, but it is proposed to asphalt the space between the theatre and old building before the theatre is put in use.—Report adopted. The Finance Committee reported that salaries and accounts for August amounting to £607 ISs Id were passed for payment. The receipts for the month were:—ln patients, £65 9s 6d ; out patients, £ll ss; students' fees, £9 9a ; sales, 12s 8d ; donations, £lO ; Benevolent Institution, £6 4s 3d; total, £lO3 0s sd. The receipts for September to date were :—ln patients, £64 12s 6d ; out patients, £4 10s ; Benevolent Institution, £5 153 9d; sales, £lB ; total, £92 17s 3d. The bank book showed a credit
balance of £196 6s Id ; cash in hand, £1 8s ; total, £197 14s Id. The Committee recommended that application be made to the Hospital Board for £450, the usual monthly contribution.—Report adopted. CORRESPONDENCE. The Union Shipping Company intimated that they had written Home, as requested, for the kitchen appliances which the trustees wished for the institution. Mr Ashby, secretary of the Australian Natives' Association, wrote to state that, in connection with the art union held in con-
nection with the Association's fele, it had been decided to distribute whatever money was received from each of the colonies amongst the hospitals of such colonies. Accordingly he had forwarded £s.—Received with thanks. The chairman of the medical staff of the Ballarat Hospital wrote stating that when in Dunedin he was specially impressed by the Dunedin Hospital's system of heating the wards and managing the ward windows, and he would be obliged if particulars as to construction were forwarded.—lnformation to be supplied. A VOTE OF CONDOLENCE. The Chairman said: Gentlemen, since our last meeting we have lost one of the members of the honorary medical staff. I refer of course to the death of Dr Jeffcoat. No doubt all of you felt with me exceedingly sorry to hear of the doctor's death at such an early age. He was very much respected by all of us ; he was, so far as one knew, a firstclass man in his profession; so far as the hospital was concerned he proved himself to be very useful; and he was always an approachable and kind gentleman. The least we can do is to pass a motion condoling with hi? widow in her aflliction. I understand that a motioufjon the subject has been prepared.
Mr Brown- said: During the whole of my experience as a man of the world I never yet knew a man who was so determinedly serious in his profession as the late Dr Jeffcoat was. In all he did as a medical practitioner the first consideration he had was success in the matter on hand. Remuneration never crossed his mind, and I have not the least doubt that had Dr Jeffcoat been spared his skill and merits in gynecology would have placed him second to none as a medical man in the colony.
We all know that before he left the colony for the Old Country to study his health was not robust, but we also know that as a student in Edinburgh (where all his fellowstudents were aware of the delicate state of his health) he won their deep and unbounded admiration by his splendid skill, magnificent nerve, and all-round genius. Coming down to the latter knowledge of our own experience, I feel bound and constrained to admit that Dr Jeffcoat frequently sacrificed his own aggrandisement 'rather than let the interests of the hospital suffer. With him it was a constant desire, so far as the hospital was concerned, to sink self and advance the institution—of the staff of which he was always proud of being a member. We all know that there was no one more fully conscious of the condition of his own health than he was himself, and that he was aware of the likelihood of his call being sounded at any moment. Yet there was not a patient male or female —on whom he attended who had not felt the exhilarating influence of his cheery disposition and kindly manner while he was waiting on them. Under him the patient was always roused from apathy to activity, and this is more than half the battle where sickness is concerned. His loss we mourn. His death we shall never forget. He won golden opinions from old and young, from friend and foe, rich and poor, and above all from his fellow-practitioners. It is therefore becoming that we as Hospital Trustees should express our deep regret at the los 3 of the services of one who, though so young, was many years connected with the staff and so full of talent, and that such regret be communicated in a letter of condolence to his widow, whose loss was infinitely greater than anything we as a Board can feel or be fully alive to. I therefore move—- " That a letter of condolence be sent to Mrs Jeffcoat expressing deep regret at the loss of her husband."
Mr Geeex : It is with mixed feelings of pleasure and regret that I second the motion. Though a young practitioner, Dr Jeffcoat had been long enough on the staff to earn our deepest respect, and I have no doubt that the regret expressed by the motion is sincere and unanimous on the part of the Trustees regret that one so young and so promising should have been eut off in the youth, so to speak, of his professional career. I think we shall agree in passing this motion, and in asking you, Mr Chairman, or the secretary to convey our sympathy to the widow and her child in their bereavement. The motion was oarried unanimously amidst respectful silence, TENDERS. The Trustees went into committee to consider tenders for the erection of a new kilchen. After the matter had been discussed it was referred to a sub-committee.
HOSPITAL TRUSTEES., Issue 10421, 16 September 1897
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