Running the New Hospital

‘The Limit of Our Service is the Extent of Your Generosity.’

Twelfth Annual Report to 1937

The new Hospital was largely funded by public subscription and the Board developed a contributory scheme for workers, a strategy for the poor and a schedule of services that were charged for and services that were free.

Common illnesses treated at the hospital were measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, influence, rickets, tetanus, with the main killer being heart disease, then cancer, bronchitis and tuberculosis. Health advances in the 1020s included insulin treatment for Diabetes, the introduction of catgut as a surgical thread, stick on band aids were invented, a whooping cough vaccine was developed, hearing aids were being introduced, iron lungs were being developed and penicillin was discovered.

Rickets was common in people with a vitamin D deficient diet. A lack of sunlight also contributed to the condition. At Peace Memorial Hospital, people with rickets were treated with light from ultraviolet lamps. Patients and staff wore green plastic goggles to protect their eyes.

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