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Shorncliffe Hospital
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2012, 10:15:17 »
Report of 1858

Shorncliffe Hospital.

This Hospital is situated on a steep hill slope towards the sea, and considerably below the level of the camp.
It consists of five parallel ranges of wards and offices of wood and brick, built on terraces cut out of the hill slope, rising rapidly one behind the other.
Each range for sick consists of wards opening out of narrow corridors, which in some instances face towards the sea, and in others towards the hill side.  All the ranges are connected by means of a wide wooden staircase roofed with corrugated iron, extending from the upper to the lower range of buildings.  Each range contains six wards opening out of the corridor, which is 150 feet long, and 5 feet broad.  The wards, therefore, have windows to the open air only on one side.  Each ward is intended to accommodate ten sick, so that no more than sixty sick are under one rood, and the cubic space per bed amounts to 700 feet, exclusive of the corridor.  From the porous nature of these Hospital Huts, their exposed airy situation, the small number of sick treated under one roof, and the temporary character of the Hospital, we do not consider it necessary to recommend any further increase of cubic space than can be given by maintaining as equal a distribution of the sick among the huts, as may be possible.
Ventilation is effected by windows, and by a ventilator in the roof.  The Deputy Inspector-General in charge stats the ventilation to be sufficient.
The Hospital is well supplied with lavatories and baths, and also with kitchen arrangements.
The chief defect in this Hospital is the want of a suitable exercising ground for convalescents.
There are the means of supplying this defect at hand, as there is enough of unoccupied ground.
It simply requires levelling, and suitable paths, seats, and fencing, to be provided.
There is at the present time no hospital accommodation for the sick wives and children of soldiers, and there is no accommodation for lying-in women.  The sick are attended in camp, and the lying-in women are received into a small house at a distance from the camp, which renders assistance on such cases very inconvenient to the Medical Officers.
The Deputy Inspector-General proposes to set apart a vacant hut in the uppermost range of the Hospital for sick women and children, and he further proposes that an additional hut be erected on the hill slope above the sick hut, for lying-in women.
The proposed arrangement appears to us to be good, and we would recommend its being adopted.
We would recommend for this Hospital:-

1.   That a suitable exercising ground with covered seats for convalescents be provided.
2.   That hospital accommodation be provided for sick women and children, and for lying-in women, on the site pointed out by the Deputy Insoector-General.


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