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Ian Charles Cottage Hospital - Maternity wing opened by Lochiel 4th May 1923
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GM_ALBUM_69
PLACENAME
Grantown on Spey
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
MORAYSHIRE: Cromdale, Inverallan and Advie
DATE OF IMAGE
4 May 1923
PERIOD
1920s
SOURCE
Grantown Museum
ASSET ID
23183
KEYWORDS
hospitals
health services
medical services
Ian Charles Cottage Hospital - Maternity wing opened by Lochiel 4th May 1923

In the early 1920s local authorities were under pressure from central government to make some provision of maternity and child welfare, particularly due to the identified high mortality rate of mothers and children.

By early 1920 the County of Moray had a Maternity and Child Welfare Scheme for the County and Burghs, part of which was the treatment in hospital of maternity cases requiring special treatment although it assumed that most births would continue to be carried out at home, i.e. they expected to pay for very few. In 1920, in response to this initiative, the Trustees of the Ian Charles Hospital considered that they had neither the accommodation nor the qualified staff to admit maternity cases to their 12 bed cottage hospital but they seem to have been prompted to erect a maternity ward. After some investigation they concluded that they were unlikely to gain revenue from local authorities and that there were likely to be two types of client; - (i) 'poor patients whose home surroundings are so limited 'as to endanger the health of the mother and child' and from whom little or no payment can be expected' and (ii) ordinary confinement cases that might be in a position to pay a moderate fee'. They also considered it 'advisable to limit the admission to married women'.

In 1923 the hospital had a matron, 2 probationer nurses, 2 maids and a man to look after the furnace and grounds. All lived in except the man. With the maternity wing it was recognised that another qualified nurse would be required although this may be a temporary post according to demand. There was sufficient accommodation upstairs for 3 nurses and 2 maids. The matron's bedroom was downstairs.

On 4th May 1923 the new ward was opened by Cameron of Lochiel (trustee of the Belford Hospital in Fort William) and the ward was handed over to Mr Cuthbertson of the hospital trustees by Lady Seafield. Baillie James Kerr handed over a new X ray machine to the trustees and Provost Hastilow gave the thanks. The secretary was Col Grant Smith at the Seafield Estate Office in Grantown.


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Ian Charles Cottage Hospital - Maternity wing opened by Lochiel 4th May 1923

MORAYSHIRE: Cromdale, Inverallan and Advie

1920s

hospitals; health services; medical services

Grantown Museum

Grantown Museum Photographic Collection

In the early 1920s local authorities were under pressure from central government to make some provision of maternity and child welfare, particularly due to the identified high mortality rate of mothers and children. <br /> <br /> By early 1920 the County of Moray had a Maternity and Child Welfare Scheme for the County and Burghs, part of which was the treatment in hospital of maternity cases requiring special treatment although it assumed that most births would continue to be carried out at home, i.e. they expected to pay for very few. In 1920, in response to this initiative, the Trustees of the Ian Charles Hospital considered that they had neither the accommodation nor the qualified staff to admit maternity cases to their 12 bed cottage hospital but they seem to have been prompted to erect a maternity ward. After some investigation they concluded that they were unlikely to gain revenue from local authorities and that there were likely to be two types of client; - (i) 'poor patients whose home surroundings are so limited 'as to endanger the health of the mother and child' and from whom little or no payment can be expected' and (ii) ordinary confinement cases that might be in a position to pay a moderate fee'. They also considered it 'advisable to limit the admission to married women'.<br /> <br /> In 1923 the hospital had a matron, 2 probationer nurses, 2 maids and a man to look after the furnace and grounds. All lived in except the man. With the maternity wing it was recognised that another qualified nurse would be required although this may be a temporary post according to demand. There was sufficient accommodation upstairs for 3 nurses and 2 maids. The matron's bedroom was downstairs. <br /> <br /> On 4th May 1923 the new ward was opened by Cameron of Lochiel (trustee of the Belford Hospital in Fort William) and the ward was handed over to Mr Cuthbertson of the hospital trustees by Lady Seafield. Baillie James Kerr handed over a new X ray machine to the trustees and Provost Hastilow gave the thanks. The secretary was Col Grant Smith at the Seafield Estate Office in Grantown. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: gosmuseum@btconnect.com">Grantown Museum</a>