Chapter 206 – Miss Nightingale’s Principles

I board the carriage with only one single command to David Mackintosh, “The Fever House, please.”

David’s key feature as a coachman is to interpret the nature of the destination and determine whether there is a requirement to exercise speed or meander at a gentle pace. My distraught face tells him everything, and he cracks the whip on his two trusty horses, Belle and Rothes. We race along Berkeley Street, sweep round Claremont Street, and back onto Sauchiehall Street, which runs direcly to Townhead.

I have learned a lot about the Fever House since Agnes took on the additional duties at this place. In the beginning, this was a temporary hospital; however, its recent extension provides a further twenty years of providing this essential service.

The hospital uses the pavilion principle, advocated by Miss Nightingale, where buildings are one storey and isolated. This arrangement improves ventilation, provides better security for the attendants, and is easier to maintain.

I approach the main building and speak to the first attendant I find, “I am here to visit Hugh Hudson.”
“Wait here. You are not allowed to see patients, but I will find out more information.”

The stench of chlorine fills the air, and a cold shiver runs down my spine. I cross my fingers as the attendant slowly walks back towards me.

2 thoughts on “Chapter 206 – Miss Nightingale’s Principles

  1. Good writing, Graeme. I picked up a copy of Ged’s book, ‘Playing in Glasgow,’ which is a delight.

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    1. Thanks Martin. Glad you are enjoying. Yup Ged’s book is a bible for all sport’s fans. Really should get it back in print.

      Cantering through the book now Martin – my mission is to have it finished for St Andrews Day. So getting excited about what happens next.

      I hope all is well with you!

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