Illness was treated seriously within the army as an ill soldier would not be able to fight as efficiently as a well soldier.
For that reason soldiers would receive much better health care in the army than they would in their civilian life. At a time well before a health service free medical care was provided for ill and injured soldiers.
Regular training on personal hygiene, health risks and sanitation were provided. This training was provided at home and on foreign postings where different health risks were posed.
The Royal Army Medical Corps and the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service provided the medical expertise.
Sick parade was held daily in the mornings when sick soldiers reported to the Orderly House where they were documented and then taken to the medical centre where they would be seen by a Doctor.
This procedure was still in place for men in active service albeit not for those in direct action.
Men were either provided with advice and treatment or in more serious cases sent to a military hospital.
The mans medical service records was endorsed with the date, place and diagnosis.
The Doctor then certified the soldier as one of
Fit for duty
Fit for light duty
Not fit for duty
Inpatient in hospital