Statistics relating to other hospitals

This page has a number of data tables and charts relating to voluntary hospitals in the south-west of England, to enable comparisons to be made with Dorset County Hospital. These are:

In the tables and charts below, Hampshire County Hospital (also known as Winchester County Hospital) is referred to as ‘Hants County Hospital’.

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Monthly in-patient admissions and admissions per 1000 of the population in 1851

The following table shows the number of in-patients admitted each month in 1851 in three hospitals. The Dorset County Hospital data come from the admissions register. The Hants County Hospital data come from figures published weekly in one of three Hampshire newspapers (the Advertiser, the Chronicle or the Telegraph). Similarly the Salisbury Infirmary data come from figures published weekly in the Salisbury and Winchester Journal.

Month Dorset County Hospital Hants County Hospital Salisbury Infirmary
No. % No. % No. %
Jan 22 7.01 100 10.99 50 6.97
Feb 26 8.28 82 9.01 60 8.37
Mar 26 8.28 67 7.36 79 11.02
Apr 30 9.55 94 10.33 61 8.51
May 25 7.96 78 8.57 61 8.51
Jun 32 10.19 62 6.81 54 7.53
Jul 30 9.55 72 7.91 48 6.69
Aug 20 6.37 63 6.92 72 10.04
Sep 18 5.73 49 5.38 50 6.97
Oct 27 8.60 93 10.22 46 6.42
Nov 32 10.19 79 8.68 75 10.46
Dec 26 8.28 71 7.80 61 8.51
Totals 314 100.00 910 100.00 717 100.00

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The above data is illustrated in the chart below:

ADMISSIONS BY MONTH 1851 (CHART)

The following table shows the number of in-patient admissions during 1851 per 1000 of the population in the registration county. Note that registration counties are not exactly coterminous with historic counties. For instance, Lyme Regis in Dorset falls within the Axminster registration district and is therefore in the registration county of Devon.

Hospital In-patient admissions (1851) Registration county population (1851) In-patient admissions per 1,000 population
Dorset County Hospital 314 177,095 1.77
Hants County Hospital 910 402,016 2.26
Salisbury Infirmary 717 240,966 2.98

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Patient numbers and patient-to-nurse ratios in 1851

The data for the following table and chart come from the 1851 census. Hospital matrons in the 1850s were domestic housekeepers rather than senior nurses, and therefore they have been excluded from the nursing figures.

Hospital Patients Nurses Patients per Nurse Census ref. HO 107/
Male Female Total
Bath United Hospital 44 36 80 8 10.00 1941, ff. 61a-63b, pp. 14-19
Bristol Royal Infirmary 136 95 231 43 5.37 1950, ff. 338b-347b, pp. 1-19
Devon & Exeter Hospital 99 76 175 11 15.91 1868, ff. 554b-559a, pp. 1-10
Dorset County Hospital 20 16 36 4 9.00 1858, ff. 87b-89a, pp. 35-38
Gloucester Infirmary 65 49 114 10 11.40 1962, ff/ 235b-239a, pp. 1-8
Hants County Hospital 47 34 81 12 6.75 1674, ff. 194a-196b, pp. 64-69
Salisbury Infirmary 45 41 86 15 5.73 1846, ff. 466b-469a, pp. 1-6
Taunton & Somerset Hospital 30 27 57 5 11.40 1922, ff. 689a-690b, pp. 22-25
Totals 486 374 860 108 7.96

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The above data is summarised in the following chart:

PATIENT TO NURSE RATIOS 1851 (CHART)

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Average numbers and costs of patients, c. 1859

Extracted from the Medical Times & Gazette, 24 March 1860, page 306 – it is likely that the figures relate to 1859.

Name of Hospital. Annual No. of In-Patients. Daily Average No. in the House. Average No. of days each remained in the House. Actual Cost of each In-Patient. Cost of each In-Patient per day. Annual No. of Out-Patients. Cost of each Out-Patient.
Bristol Infirmary 2344 220 35½ £3. 6s. 0d. 1s. 10¼d. 9211 1s. 11d.
Salisbury Infirmary 956 93 35½ £3. 2s. 3d. 1s. 8½d. 1195 4s. 4d.
Gloucester Infirmary 685 102 54 £4. 8s. 2d. 1s. 7½d. 532 4s. 9d.
Hants County Hospital 912 118 47 £3. 16s. 8d. 1s. 7½d. 949 4s. 7d.

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Numbers of patients in the 1861 census and hospital deaths during the year 1861

The following table shows the number of patients in a range of hospitals in the south-west on census night (8 April) in 1861. It also shows the deaths registered in each hospital during the whole of that year. It has been compiled from tables in the Twenty-fourth Annual Report of the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages in England (published in 1863). 

The mortality per cent calculation is the same as that used by the Registrar-General (see page 205 of the report): “The statement of the mortality of any One Hospital is qualified by the fact that the mortality is not deduced from the division of deaths by the average number of patients, but by the number on one particular day”.

Hospital Patients in 1861 census Deaths registered in 1861 Mortality per cent Report page reference
Males Females Total
Bath General Hospital* 101 1 1 2 1.98 190
Bath United Hospital 78 40 40 80 102.56 190
Bristol General Hospital 106 53 25 78 73.58 190
Bristol Royal Infirmary 224 66 60 126 56.25 190
Cheltenham General Hospital 63 5 4 9 14.29 190
Devon & Exeter Hospital 181 29 17 46 25.41 188
Dorset County Hospital 50 7 5 12 24.00 187
Gloucester Infirmary 91 9 8 17 18.68 190
Hants County Hospital 73 28 7 35 47.95 180
North Devon Infirmary 61 5 3 8 13.11 188
Salisbury Infirmary 80 13 9 22 27.50 187
South Devon Infirmary 53 18 3 21 39.62 188
South Hants Infirmary 69 25 7 32 46.38 180
Taunton & Somerset Hospital 54 16 8 24 44.44 189
Totals 1,284 315 197 512 39.88

*Bath General Hospital was the mineral water hospital.

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