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Warwick's Baby Clinic
Warwick, following the example of larger towns, has recently opened a baby clinic, with Sister Shaw in charge. The clinic is situated in Percy street, and presents quite an imposing appearance. On calling, one found the nurse in charge busily engaged attending to the wants of a mother and her babe. The visitor being free to take her own impressions, her dominant thought was of the comfortable inviting atmosphere of the clinic as a whole. The large, airy, cheerful rooms were brightened by floods of golden sunshine. Surely the life of even an over-energetic germ would be of short duration there! One marvelled also at the compactness—every necessary space being utilised—and the clever combination of hospital and home for the nurse in charge has her own quarters. From the waiting room the visitor passed into the weighing room, where feed tests are given, thence into the sterilising room, and the mothers' room, arriving last at a business-like office where the records of the small patients and their daily improvement are.written down and filed. Here and there, a bowl of scarlet roses broke up the severity of the hospital rooms, making a bright splash of colour among the all-white tonings. In the mothers' room, comfortably arranged with lounge and small cots, a country mother could rest and spend the time pleasantly while her baby slept.
The clinic is splendidly equipped for baby treatments, and also for mothers who come for advice.
Warwick Is very fortunate in securing the services of Miss Shaw as nurse. Miss Shaw is an enthusiast. Her tiny patients are not merely patients to her, but each one is a separate individual to be carefully looked after, and she loves them all. Many a time when she should be off duty she is cheerfully engaged in seeing or visiting some baby whom she considers would be the better for some extra attention.
The maximum daily attendance of patients is 20, but Sister Shaw is confident that before long twice that number will visit the clinic for advice on "Saving the Babies.''
One of the main things about child welfare work in the clinics is that all advice is free, and the experienced nurse in charge can always advise a patient to see a doctor before the disease can secure a strong hold. Children up to five years may receive attention at the clinic.
The mothers of Warwick and district should avail themselves of the wonderful opportunities offered through its clinic, and when in doubt over baby's welfare should seek the expert advice so generously given by Sister Shaw.