Carrick sick to be sent by bus to Belfast

Expectant mothers at Carrickfergus Hospital were unanimous in their preference to provide their own clothes for their babies, a meeting of East Antrim Hospital Management Committee was told in April 1959.

The committee agreed to allow this provision before discussing the cost of supplying powdered milk for patients’ meals.

This was estimated to be in the region of £540 annually. A tender had been considered by the committee’s finance sub-committee.

It had been stressed that there had been “no question of collusion between milk wholesale farmers”.

Members also discussed the cost of sending patients to hospital in Belfast by public transport if their medical condition allowed.

The cost was estimated to be 2s 1d per mile.

Committee secretary Mr. J Arthurs Philips went on to say that a new training school for nurses would be located at Greenisland Hospital which would be extended to the Moyle Hospital in Larne.

The committee reported that plans for a new casualty and out-patient department had been submitted to the Ministry of Health and Local Government for approval.