The Old Operating Theatre Museum
The Old Operating Theatre Museum
The Old Operating Theatre Museum

The Old Operating Theatre Museum

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Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital. Firstly, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients’ medicines; and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. -Operating Museum

Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe. Access to the attic is through a narrow 52-step spiral staircase. 

Secondly, the patient on the operating table would have been awake and staring right back at the surgeon; as anesthetics weren’t yet in use. Rather than anesthetics, patients recieve a wooden cane to bite on to muffle the screams. Surgeons relied on swift amputation techniques. In conclusion, the faster you could remove a limb; the better a surgeon you were and the higher the survival rates of the patients.

Events: Victorian Surgery Talk.

A surgical demonstration presented within the original architecture of the old operating theatre of St. Thomas’s Hospital of 1822.

Join this surgical demonstration presented within the original architecture of the old operating theatre of the women’s ward of St. Thomas’s Hospital created in 1822 in the attic of St Thomas’ Church. Before the advent of anaesthesia, an operation had to be swift. Without hand-washing or antiseptics, the chance of later infection was high.

Certainly, you will experience this event from the point of view of a 19th century medical student; or maybe even the patient! Join our wonderful speakers as they take you back in time. They explain the history of St Thomas’ Hospital of the medical profession; that will culminate in a mock demonstration of how surgery was done in the Victorian Era. -Operating Museum

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