These registers are day and night reports about the patients in the male wards of the Ipswich Special Hospital, daily signed by the Head Day Attendant, the Head Night Attendant and either the Chief Attendant of the hospital's Superintendent. The reports cover all male wards (initially wards 1 and 3 and later ward 2 as well, plus the hospital ward). For a short time in 1935-1936 there were entries for 'Goodna' and 'Escaped', and from 1935 there were entries for 'F4'.
The reports include daily statistics for each ward on the following: number of patients, fits, wet and dirty, soiled clothes, spoon-fed, dressed in strong clothing, bathings, under medical treatment, employment (assisting in wards, domestic offices, kitchen, laundry, and numerous trades such as tailor, engineer, baker, matress making, blacksmith, painting, carpenter, wood cutting, stockyards, etc.), unemployed, entertainment (such as recreation and sports grounds, religious services and extended walks).
The next section contains general information: number of patients on leave, total number of patients on books, deaths (name, hour, ward, in the presence of), transferred, discharged, leaves of absence.
The last section is a Special Report: fits, feeding, destructive patients, special observations, homicidal or suicidal attempts, seclusions, restraints, escapes, restlessness, special medical treatments, patients confined to bed in specific wards, inspections of cleanliness of patients and of wards, isolation ward, report concerning buildings.
-These books differ from the Day and Night Reports - Male (SRS5843) in that the latter are 'ward by ward' reports, signed only by the Day and Night Attendants.
-Missing registers: 1915-1918; 1923-1924; 1927-1929; 1932-1934; 1937