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Re: Canterbury Military Hospital
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012, 18:47:25 »
1.   Water-closets, lavatories, and bath rooms to be provided for each flat.
2.   Existing privies to be converted into water latrines and drained.
3.   Each ward to be ventilated by a shaft from the ceiling, and the air to be warmed if necessary by remodelling the grates.
4.   A cubic space of 1,200 cubic feet, as near as may be, to be set apart for each patient, and fifty-eight beds to be removed from the wards.
5.   A suitable laundry to be provided instead of the present wash-houses, which might be conveniently added to the kitchen.
6.   Proper kitchen ranges and boilers for cooking diets to be provided.
7.   Pack store, bedding store, and provision store to be provided.
8.          An itch ward to be provided.

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012, 18:27:41 »
Report of 1858

The Hospital.

This Hospital is situated in an open airy locality, at a convenient distance from the Barracks, and without any population near it.
The building consists of a central part, with a corridor running along one side of it, with the wards entering from the corridors, and consequently receiving direct light and air only on one side of the building.  There are two slightly projecting wings, the wards of which have windows on two sides.
The Hospital is in two divisions, A and B, one for Cavalry, the other for Infantry, and most of its administrative arrangements are in duplicate.
Each division has seventy-six beds, with upwards of 700 cubic feet of space to each.
The following table exhibits the ward accommodation in one division of the Hospital, as contrasted with what it would be at 1,200 cubic feet per bed:-

Wards.Present Number of Beds.Number of Beds at 1,200 cubic feet each.Deficiency in bed space.
1st Floor.4853
2nd Floor.8853

The other division of the Hospital affords the same extent of accommodation.  There are thus in all twenty wards and 152 beds in the building.
In order to set aside 1,200 cubic feet per bed, as required by our instructions, it would therefore be necessary to remove twenty-nine beds out of each division, or fifty-eight beds in all, leaving ninety-four beds as the available accommodation.
Several of the arrangements at this Hospital are very defective.  There are no water-closets.  There is no proper drainage or water supply.  The only conveniences for the sick are most offensive privies over cesspits in the back yard, and which can be reached only by walking across a very rough ill-paved footway exposed to the weather.
At no great distance from the privies is the pump, described as being difficult to work, which supplies the Hospital with water.
There is no laundry, but only a wash-hose with one 34-gallon boiler.
The kitchen though conveniently situated and connected by a roofed passage, open at the sides, with the Hospital, have imperfect cooking arrangements.
The pack store is in the basement, and is reached by passing through the coal cellar.  It is of course damp and dark.
There are no bedding or other stores.
There are no lavatories.
There are no baths.
There is no itch ward, although one is necessary for the numerous recruits sent to these Barracks.
There is an ashpit too close to the Hospital.
There whole Hospital is lit by candles.
The Hospital is not sufficiently cut off from the adjoining ground, a defect which leads to sundry irregularities.
The ventilation of the wards is provided for by swing sashes in the upper part of the windows, and by a perforated beam passing across the ceiling.  It is not sufficient, and might be readily improved by ventilating shafts carried up from the ceilings to the roof.


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