This series consists of registers of patient admissions to Mackay Hospital, later Mackay District Hospital and Mackay Base Hospital. The information contained in the registers varies over time.
In the early registers, each entry generally includes admission number (not always written down), name (female patients were registered in red ink but this practice was discontinued by 1904), age, place of birth, date of admission, date of discharge, disease, religion, remarks, date of death (if applicable; written in red ink - also discontinued by 1904), doctor's date of visit and doctor's signature. At the end of each year there is a list of male and female patients remaining in hospital after Dec 31st.
From 1961 the registers are divided into columns for admissions, discharges (from about 1980 called separations), and a summary for each day. The exact contents of each column vary over time, but broadly include the following:
•The admission number, name and discharge number of each patient in the admission column
•The discharge number, name, result, date of admission, date of discharge, number of days in hospital is recorded in the discharge column. Discharges are tallied every day according to various standards (initially according to legislative requirements of the "Hospitals Benefits Act 1945" (Cth) and "Tuberculosis Act 1948" (Cth); then from about 1970 tallies were kept separately for males and females)
•A daily tally of total admissions, total discharges, total remaining at end of day, total number of one-day patients and total number of paying patients in the summary column.
Tallies are often added at the bottom of each page, and monthly, quarterly and yearly totals are usually recorded.