I am grateful to Chris Reynolds for sending me the attached transcript
from the Hemel Hempstead Gazette of 1890, written by my great
To the Editor of the Hemel Hempstead Gazette
SIR --- In consequence of certain defects having been discovered in the
drainage of the West Herts Infirmary, Hemel Hempstead, the Committee
have determined to remodel the whole Sanitary arrangements, at a cost of
£450. It will be necessary during the alterations to limit the number of
In-Patients to 20. They therefore request subscribers only to send in
very urgent cases during the next two months, and when possible to write
first to the House Surgeon and ascertain whether there is a vacant bed.
They will also be thankful to receive any donations towards the cost of
W. T. TYRWHITT DRAKE
Hemel Hempstead Gazette - Saturday, June 28, 1890
It seems that hospital waiting lists and appeals for private finance are
not such new ideas after all.
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