“The home contains twelve beds, six of them in a general public ward, and six others in private wards. the institution is not going to bear the visible stamp of public charity; there are some beds for which a fee of four guineas weekly is to be charged, and as for others, the patients will be asked to pay in they can, and what they can, and if they cannot pay at all, then the subject will be dropped. At the foot of the bed is a dainty little swing cot, suspended from the rails, in which the baby will be in sight of its mother. The beds are the most comfortable that could have been procured, being furnished with a hair mattress four-and-a-half inches thick.
On the first floor, to the right, as one enters the house, is a dining-sitting-room, which is also to be used for the meetings of the committee, and may be used, at need, as a reception room. The matron’s room is on the left. immediately behind is the room for ante-natal care, a most important adjunct to the institution. In this room has been placed a photograph of the lady after whom the home is name, the first wife of Mr. Crookall. Behind is a spacious kitchen, with cupboards and a well-stocked china storeroom, adjoined by a most convenient scullery, in which the simpler laundry work will also be done.
On the second floor is the general ward already alluded to, ad the room in which childbirth will actually take place. the patients can be wheeled from one room to the other, a few feet away. in an outlet on the same level are two private wards with bathroom, W.C., and a closet for keeping of utensils. It should be stated that each of the floors regularly inhabited has its own bathrooms and conveniences.
On the third floor are three private wards, one containing two beds, with a closet for the storage of linen; and on the top floor are four bedrooms for the staff, each with its dressing-table and wardrobe, and a box-room.
The building is, of course, lighted electrically and – a notable achievement – there is a radiator in every room, the central heating installation being placed in an annexe outside the house. All the fittings in the bathrooms and the electric light switches, are made in enamel; the walls are painted, the floors laid in linoleum, all washable in the shortest possible time; and the outstanding characteristic of the whole establishment is spotless cleanliness. The windows are large and frequent, and every room is admirably light; and the curtaining, though not obtrusive, effectually prevents the rooms from being overlooked.
The blankets to be used in the home are Manx have been manufactured at the famous Tynwald mills, and all the other bedding, sheets, counterpanes, towelling, etc. has been supplied locally.