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THAMES HOSPITAL BOARD.

LAST NiIGHT'S MEETING.

Last night's ineeiting of» the Thames Hospital and Charitable' Aid Board was attended by Messrs T. -Rillgour (chairman), W. Baker, J. llowe, W. J. McCormidfc, R». Law, C. Lloyd, J. Js^lihan, W. McWatters, and S. FVanklin. MINiUTESL ' The minutes and outward correspondence was read by the secretary (Mr Ru Lloyd) and adopted. - LIFTING THE EMBARGO. The Health Department telegraphed "Re removal of restrictions on: Maoris travelling in future procedure on trains will be the production of i ■certificate of successful vaccination or permit issued by the Departmeiit." Several other letters were read on the same subject. HEALTH DEPARTMENTI^ ACCOUNT.

The District Health Officer wrote attaching an account being charged against the Biqard for salaries and. expenses paid by the Department on the Board's behalf against which he had set the contributions-received for the same .period' showing a balance due to the Department of £.118 6s 9d. MEDICAL SUPERINiTENDENT'S, REPORT.

The medical report was: Ntaniber of patients in ward last return, miales 20, female® 17; admitted ".since, males 30, females 23; deaths!, males 2, females; di^harged, inalesi 20, femalea 21; rcmiaining at date, males 30, femalea, 19; outpatients, males •19, females 9; attendances, males 141, feimaleai j.4,^ ,'operaitdons, IS; 2 deaibhsL '■"' ' '" '. ' .'.' . . ■

The .report, w t as, adopted, and on the recomniendatpn. of Mr Law, who reported ' .on,, behalf of the Visiting Co«iniiiittiee for the hospital, iti was decided to procure various'.article® , detailed by Dr. Walshe. NIATIiVE (FEMALE) NIMSE. The Nal'tive nurse reported having 1 visited six paitienits. Three cases of whooping cough at Parawal (which are improving)-' otherwise the health of the Mauds is ■■very good-—.a.t all the pahs visited. Maori pahs visited: Kerepeehi, Waitoikfe.. Tirihoia. Tui Pa, Plaraiw.ai, Kopu and Kirikiri, Paeroa. Te lSoiana.ru flat * COINSOMPTWES' HOME.

Mr J. Kernick. secretary of the Tbains Club, w^rofoe to the chaimiajn of the Board as; under: "On behalf of Professor MoEwen, I have pleasure in banding you herewith 1 cheque £25 7s fid, "being tihe-proceeds' 1, of an enter--tiainmemti given in aid of the hospital funds. Atitoehjed'iheretO''is a copy'-'of a; letter from Professor McEwen to tihe President of the Thames Club suggesting that tlie sum donated be used as,tihe nucleus,of a fund for the establishment of a consumptivts' home at Thames. Should your Board sice fit to adopt this .suggesitiion. the members of my cluib will be pleased to do anytihing 1 in their power to assist-tihe Board towards the acoomplisihment of this desirable 1 object." A 1 short, discussion followed. Mir MoWaitters did hot favor the estlaiblislimeiniv of a conisump.tivesi' home at Thames, expres.sing tlie opinion that treatment at the Cambridge sanatorium was preferaible. The costi of such an instiitutioii at Thamesi with separiaite staff, etic., would be large.

Mt McConmck contended that as there were numerous oases of ccnsumption and complaint at Thames soiniersuteh home as sugigested wais requiJTed- : Personally he thought that as the B'o»ird Had a, suitiable site at Parawai the)^amount raised should be treated aa 'tthe nucleusi of a fund for the establishment of a consumptivte' homeoin that site. He was' confident fchat-if.tfce'Board did this additional sums would be raised at the Thames for the purpose. A lot. of the miners would not gio into the sheltier sheds—.they looked upon it as the fiihieh—whereas they would go to a home for treatment at a. time when the disease might be oheok'ed. Messrs K'Ome. ;nd Lloyd supported the proposal t,o establish, in time, a, consumptave home at Thanicsi fon- the treatment of nxiners' complaint and tubea'culosij*. It was pointed out by Messrs McOormidk and Klowe that at Cannbridge iit was moat difficult for a poor man to get into the sanatorium, while in some instances they would not allow a patient to remain, longer than three months. Mr Lloyd, while flavouring the proposal, s&iid he was of opinion that not only were tihe present consumptive shelters in an unsuitable locality, but the whole hospital was in the wrong place. - A 1 member: Perhaps Paeroa Avould be more suitable. Mr Lloyd: Yes, perhaps Paeroa. It Was decided to accede to the request, and earmark the sum for that purpose, certain financial adjustments being left in the bands^ of the secre-. tiary. GiE!NE:RALi.

The Health Inspector (Mr Bi. F'ranlk.jLin) imported on his* work! for the month. He had visited many districts 'and gave a derailed import of the result of his inspections.

The report' on the Homes at Tararii was considei*ed satisfactory. All parts of the fai'in are looking; well and the crops are likely to be most prolific. The lucerne soil is still in great demand and is supplied to! all parts- of the Dominion.

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THAMES HOSPITAL BOARD. Thames Star, Volume XLVII, Issue 14668, 6 November 1913

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