Winchester

Although Miss Nightingale was often asked for advice, it was not always acted upon, with enthusiasm, as in Winchester. A new hospital was to be built to replace the existing one in Parchment Street. Miss Nightingale was well known in Hampshire, her father was a hospital Governor. She felt that she would be able to urge the hospital committee to a `new construction`, but she was rebuffed. The Medical Staff did not want to move from the old site of the hospital and discussion continued until early in September 1861. A notice was sent out to all members of the Infirmary Committee requiring their attendance, at the special meeting to appoint a sub-committee to consider adapting the present building or the erection of a new hospital.

The sub committee met on the 18th September 1861, and recommended the adoption of Rawlings report, that is a new building.

Sir William Heathcote was appointed the chairman of the building sub-committee. In February 1862 the Medical Staff were `ordered` to consider extracts from Miss Nightingale`s `Notes on Nursing` – concerning absorption by wall floors etc., of dangerous, absorbed organic matter` Miss Nightingale`s father was occasionally present at the full meeting of the Infirmary Committee.

Sir William Heathcote`s committee was powerful with Lord Eversley, Lord Ashburton, Archdeacon of Winchester, Henry Compton from Lyndhurst, Melville Portal, John Bonham Carter and William Barrow Simmons, but its efforts were unlikely to prosper with Miss Nightingale`s advice.

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