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Kirkintilloch Town and Parish
Glasgow Convalescent Home, Lenzie


Was instituted in 1865, and is situated at Lenzie, on the lands of Auchinloch, about a mile to the south-east of the railway station. It has accommodation for seventy-five patients, of whom thirty are taken from the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, ten from the Western Infirmary, and thirty-five from the general public, the subscribers having the privilege of recommending the latter cases. The ordinary expenditure is a little over £2,000 a-year, and in 1892 there were 1,526 patients admitted. There are two visiting medical officers.

Patients from the Royal or Western Infirmaries must procure a certificate, signed by one of the physicians or surgeons, in the following terms: “ I do hereby certify that the bearer (name) has been a patient in the Infirmary of Glasgow, under my care, for the last (state time); that his complaint is ; that he is a fit and proper person to be received into the Convalescent Home, and I am of opinion that he should be allowed to remain there for (state time).” And if from the general public, must procure and deliver (1) a line of recommendation from any respectable householder in Glasgow or its neighbourhood; and (2) a certificate in the same terms as aforesaid, signed by a duly qualified physician or surgeon, and countersigned by one of the medical officers on the board of the home.

All contributors of £10 or more, and all annual subscribers of £1 is. or more, are entitled to recommend one patient for every £10 of contribution or £1 is. of annual t subscription. Public works rank as ordinary subscribers, and are entitled to send one patient annually for every £1 is. of annual subscription. Societies and church congregations subscribing annually rank as ordinary subscribers, and are entitled to send one patient for every £1 is. of annual subscription; and the lines of recommendation must be signed by the secretary or treasurer of the society, and by the minister or an elder of the congregation. Non-subscribers may get patients admitted on payment of £2 2s. for each patient, and in that case the line of recommendation must be signed by the minister or an elder of the applicant’s church, or by a respectable householder. No patients are admitted into the home unless they are in poor circumstances, and considered unable to pay for themselves; and the following cases are not received : (1) Persons labouring under any acute disease which requires active medical treatment; (2) Persons labouring under or recovering from any contagious disease; (3) Persons labouring under any incurable disease, unless they are likely to benefit from a short residence in the home; (4) Persons who are in a helpless condition; (5) Persons who are not really in a convalescent state; and (6) Persons subject to epileptic or other fits, or who are of unsound mind.

Under ordinary circumstances the period of the patient’s residence is limited to three weeks, though it is in the power of the visiting medical officer to order the period to be restricted or prolonged; but in no case is the time of residence prolonged beyond six weeks in one year, unless specially authorised by the directors.

In the event of any of the patients relapsing into illness, or being attacked by any acute or contagious disease, or being guilty of misconduct in the home, by not conforming to the rules of the home or otherwise, it is in the power of the visiting medical officer and the matron jointly to remove such patients forthwith from the home.

The institution is under the direction of a board of sixteen managers, viz.: —

The Lord Provost of Glasgow for the time being.

The other managers are elected annually as follows :—

One manager by the Town Council of the city of Glasgow;
Two managers by the directors of the Glasgow Raya! Infirmary;
Two managers by the medical officers of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary;
One manager by the Senatus of the University of Glasgow;
One manager by the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow;
One manager by the Merchants’ House of Glasgow;
One manager by the Trades7 House of Glasgow; and
Six managers by the yearly general meeting of subscribers to the convalescent home.

Two additions have been made to the home within these last three years, and, when completed, the home and site will have cost about £12,800.

This institution has for these last twenty-eight years done a vast amount of good to suffering humanity. The sixteen managers are gentlemen of position, elected on a wide basis, who carefully and systematically manage the affairs; and it needs no words of ours to recommend it heartily to the support of the general public.


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