Although a few key records date back to the foundation of the hospital, including some accounts, minutes, and reports from the late eighteenth century, relatively little of the early historical material has survived, and few records are available for the nineteenth century. The principal series are accounts (1782-1968 with gaps), minutes (1782-1972 with gaps) and published annual reports (1782-1956). Many of the series concern financial or property business, including bequests (1891-1937), much of the correspondence (1785-1916), and deeds (1877-1949). The Collection includes plans (1892-c.1970), inventories and valuations (1941-1990), a Library Catalogue (1884), a Chaplain's Journal (1924-1938) and a run of hospital rule books (1783-1959 with gaps).
Patient records include early operations books for 1791-1800 and 1829-1831, with the main series covering the years 1911 onwards. General patient registers date from 1899-1982.
The training of nurses at the General Hospital is recorded in registers and other records (1918-1971). Photographs and other personal memorabilia received at the time of the 1992 closure, particularly from former nurses, form separate collections. Other photographs in this collection cover the history of the hospital, c.1880-1992.