Whilst going through my late mum in law's (Freda) papers,(as you do when got so much spare time) I came across this letter which was sent to her 3 days before she was admitted to hospital to have my husband, on 8 September.Bearing in mind all our current restrictions, which are even extending to maternity matters, I thought it might be of interest to our readers.I have transcribed it as it was typed, punctuation and all. The normal stay for a confinement then was 10 days, and food was still rationed to some extent, which is perhaps why eggs were welcomed as a gift!!
GRANTHAM AND KESTEVEN GENERAL HOSPITAL
5th September, 1947
Dear Mrs Streets
We offer you a welcome to this Hospital, coupled with the hope and expectation that the 'happy event' which has introduced you to our care will provide you with an abiding sense of happiness. Everything in the Hospital's
power will be done to facilitate your recovery so that you can return to your home in the early future. The Hospital is still a voluntary one, founded nearly three-quarters of a century ago, and has been wonderfully supported by the public throughout all those years. Like other Hospitals, the Grantham and Kesteven General Hospital owes its existence to the Christian desire to alleviate and prevent pain. We invite you to help us to run this Hospital for the benefit and comfort of yourself and of your companions in the Ward, by adapting yourself to the daily routine, even if, as is probable you find it a little strange at first.
You may like to know the following facts, viz:
(a) WAKING TIME every morning is at 5.0 a.m.The hour is early because the nurses have to work hard to have all patients ready for the doctors by 10.0 am
(b) BREAKFAST is at 6.30 a.m.
(c) SNACK is at 9.15 a.m.
(d) MID-DAY DINNER is at 12 noon
(e) AFTERNOON TEA is at 3.30 p.m.
(f) SUPPER is at 6.45 p.m.
(g) LIGHTS OUT at 8.0 p.m
VISIITING TIMES are Sundays between 2.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. ; Tuesdays between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Thursdays between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
LISTENING-IN is available by means of the head phones attached to your bed.
PATIENTS' FREE LIBRARY.The Honorary Librarian visits the ward on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.You are at liberty to select any book or books for reading while in Hospital, for which no charge is made.You are invited to discuss your tastes in reading with the Librarian.
NEWSPAPERS.You can place an order for your choice of daily newspaper with the Ward Orderly.
MAIL TIME.In-coming mails are distributed at 8.15 a.m. and 12 noon daily. Out-going mails may be handed to the Ward Orderly for posting at any time.
VALUABLES.Patients are not encouraged to bring valuable possessions into the Hospital. Any article of special value may, however, be handed to the Ward Sister who will see that it is put in a safe place until you are discharged.
CHAPLAINS.Chaplains attend every Friday afternoon and at other times by request. When making a request please state whether you desire the Vicar of Grantham, or Canon Arendzen (Roman Catholic), or Rev. H Maisham (Non-Conformist)
YOUR PRIVATE AFFAIRS.The Secretary will be PLEASED TO SEE ANY PATIENT PRIVATELY IN HIS OFFICE, or AT THE BEDSIDE, should the patient wish to discuss any matter which may be troubling her whilst in Hospital. If you are worrying about the family at home, and feel that the Hospital can help you to overcome any difficulty, we will try to assist you.
ENQUIRIES.Your friends and relatives will be furnished with information of your progress upon application by telephone, letter or personal call at the Enquiry Office.Flowers, Fruit and Eggs may be left at the Hospital for you, but no other articles of this nature can be received.
We wish you a speedy recovery,
John S Ray
House Governor and Secretary