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COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT'S HALF-YEARLY MEETING. THE FINANCIAL POSITION. ALTERATION OF RULES. A half-yearly meeting of the Committee of Management of the Tenby Cottage Hospital was held in the Charity Trustees' Rooms St. George Street, at noon ou Saturday last, when there were present Mrs C. F. Egerton Allen, Mrs Voyle (The Norton), Miss Evans (St. Mary's House), Colonel F. E. Trower, the Rev. George Woodcock (Wesleyan), the Rev. Thomas Griffiths, B.A. (Bethesda), Mr C. F. Egerton Allen, J.P., Mr Benjamin Harries, J.P., Mr J. F. C. Burgess, and Mr G. E. Mainland (Hon. Secretary and Treasurer). Colonel Trower proposed, Mr Burgess seconded, and it was carried unanimously, that Mr Harries take the chair. Letters regretting inability to attend the meeting were read from Mr Edward Laws, Miss Edwards, and Mr Robert Lock. The minutes of the last half-yearly meeting, held on April 16th, were read by the Secretary and signed. It was reported by Mr Mainland that this year's auction sale held on behalf of the Hospital by Mr F. B. Mason, realized the sum of £ 18; and that Mr Mason was suitably thanked at the time. The Secretary further reported that the sum of 99 7s. 6d. had been received from a performance given by the Pem- broke Philharmonic Society 011 April 28th, and they had also been suitably thanked at the time. The next business on the agenda was to receive the report respecting the re-arrangement of the wards, and rain drainage. Mr Mainland, with regard to this matter, re- ported that after a consultation with the Ladies' Committee, a re-arrangement of the wards had been decided upon, whilst the rain-water drain- age was attended to under the supervision of Mr Preece James. The Sister's bedroom had now been transferred to an upper ward, and the day ward converted into a sleeping ward, for it was felt that if the patients were well enough to sit up they were well enough to go home. Owing to the condition of dry rot in which the floor of the Sister's bedroom was found it was decided to have same re-floored, but the work had not yet been carried out for the reason that it would make too much noise, and there were certain cases in the Hospital which could not stand such noise. They were consequently waiting until the Hospital was free before putting this work in hand. With regard to the drainage, that had been very satisfactorily com- pleted. The Chairman said that the drainage referred to was most urgent, and had been very satisfac- torily carried out, the House Committee paying special attention to the work at different times. He understood that the work would very soon be finished. Mr Mainland said that the drainage was finished, but the flooring yet remained to be done. The Chairman presumed that the cost of the latter would not be very heavy. Mr Mainland said he thought £20 would cover it. The Chairman—I think it very good work done it was very necessary. Mr Mainland then submitted the financial statement for the half-year ending September 30th, from which it appeared that the receipts amounted to B195 3s. 3d., as against B224 17s. 41d. for the corresponding period, a de- crease of B29 14s. Igd. The expenditure had 2 been Y,177 9s. 11-gd., as against B198 12s. 2-Lcl. 2 2 for the corresponding period, a decrease of B21 2s. 3d. On September 30th there was a credit balance of B44 13s. 8d. With regard to subscribers, it was stated that on January 1st there were 141 on the register, contributing E123 17s. 6d. During the year there had been C, 1 eignt new subscribers, contributing J510 18s. 6d., whilst one subscription had been increased a guinea. Four subscribers had died, or left the town, thus reducing the total by 94 8s., and leaving the nett number at 145, contributing £ 131 9s. Up to September 30th 106 subscri- bers had paid 999 8s. 6d., leaving 39 to con- tribute j352 Os. 6d. In reply to a remark of the Chairman's, Mr Mainland said that 920 had been reserved for the cost of the flooring. The Chairman said that the balance would have been JE64 but for this very urgent work. With regard to the subscribers, did he under- stand that they had fallen off? Mr Mainland—No, a little increase. The Chairman — That is satisfactory. I thought it was the other way. Ho considered it very important that the subscribers should be kept up. He then invited any questions from the meeting, or would be glad to receive any suggestions. He might state that the work at the Hospital had been carried on very regu- larly, and good work done for the town there. Mr Mainland then submitted the return of patients, from which it appeared that in the Hospital on April 1st there were six, whilst 21 had been admitted since 22 had been dis- charged, leaving 5. The total number of days of patients in the Hospital were 560 for 22 paying, and 192 for 5 free, a total of 752 days for 27 patients, as compared during the corre- sponding period with 966 days for 37 patients. In presenting these figures, Mr Mainland said they had had fewer patients in the Hospital than had been the case for some time past in fact, the town had been ex- ceedingly healthy. There was a period of ten days in July when the Hospital was empty, there being no patients at all. The Chairman, referring to the next business on the agenda, the suggested amendment of Rule 20, said this was a matter which concerned the leaving of the Hospital by patients, who were not supposed to go out at all times, as there must be a little discipline. The rule (which read ''No patient shall go or remain within the precincts of the Hospital for any purpose whatever after five o'clock p.m., without the special permission of the doctor in attendance") would need very little change, just the leaving out of the words "after five o'clock p.m." The House Committee had thought that this would be desirable in fact, such an alteration had been found necessary. It was a little matter, but at the same time he thought it rather an important one. Mr Mainland remarked that what was sug- gested was at the request of the Medical Staff. Mrs Egerton Allen enquired what patients were allowed to do before. The Chairman replied that they were allowed to go out at all hours. Mr Mainland—As the rule stands they can go out at any time before five o'clock. The Chairman—It is simply a mattter of discipline. Mr Egerton Allen-What is the meaning of the doctor in attendance ? Mr Mainland—The doctor in charge of that particular case. Mr Allen-Do the doctors go there every day? Mr Mainland—Every doctor who has got a case. Mr Allen asked what would happen if the doctor did not appear. Mr Mainland—He would leave instructions with the matron. He added, with regard to the proposed alteration of Rule 20, that the doctors had found that those patients who had got friends in the town were rather injudicious, and the going out sometimes did more harm than good. The Committee, therefore, wanted to give the doctors discrimination in the matter. The Chairman—It is simply the leaving out of three words. Mr Mainland—It will have to be altered at the annual meeting, but we want to say that it has been recommended Mr Allen-Would you leave out the word special as well ? The Chairman—That seems rather an un- necessary word. Mr Allen-It gives a prison feeling, which we want to get rid of. Mr Burgess thought the word "permission" would be quite sufficient. Colonel Trower proposed as a formal resolu- tion that the words mentioned be deleted from Rule 20. Mrs Allen seconded, and the same was carried unanimously. The Chairman moved that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded Mr Mainland for his valuable services to the Cottage Hospital. They really did not know what they would do without him. Mr Burgess seconded, and the vote was carried by acclamation. Mr Mainland, acknowledging the vote, said he could only say that he loved to carry on the work, and would continue to do so as long as he was spared. (Applause.) The Chairman said that the staff at the Hospital gave particular satisfaction, Sister Lloyd being a great help in every way. She had always been most useful in fact, she was now quite a part of the institution. He pro- posed that a vote of thanks be tendered Sister Lloyd for her faithful services at all times. Mr Burgess seconded, and the resolution was unanimously adopted. The proceedings then closed.


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To the Editor of the Tenby…

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