During the first twelve months of the admission of patients to the mental wards of the Lord Derby War Hospital there were 2,429 admissions and 1,466 discharges. The average number of admissions per month was 202, and the average number of discharges per month was 122. To those who have devoted their time to the admission and discharge of mental cases in large asylums in peace time these numbers alone will convince them that the condition of things must be very different to what they have been accustomed. The enormous amount of work in investigating these cases will also, I am sure, be appreciated, and those who, in addition, have any knowledge of Army Forms and the preparation of these before the final discharge of a patient from hospital will realise the amount of routine necessary before these 1,466 patients could be discharged.
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