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Why The Old Operating Theatre Was Built On its Site?

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Why The Old Operating Theatre Was Built On its Site. In this essay I am going to state why the Old Operating Theatre was built where it is. It was situated in the roof of St Thomas's Church. In June 1862 St Thomas's hospital moved from its very old site beside Guy's Hospital, near to London Bridge to make space for a new railway line from London Bridge to Charring Cross. The old hospital buildings housed two operating theatres, one for men and one for women patients. The men's threatre was built in 1751 and demolished for the railway to be built. The women's threatre was built in 1821 in the loft of St. Thomas's church, to replace the earlier one, which was at the end of the women's ward. ...read more.


Surgery was only carried out by barber surgeons. This marked the start of hospitals being taken over by surgeons. The development of better medical for pregnant and poor women was partly down to Dick Whittington, who funded care for the poor, pregnant women in the slum area in which St. Thomas's was situated. The church, which later housed the operating threatre, was rebuilt between 1698 and 1701, it had a large Herb Garratt in the roof. In 1821 it was ordered for the roof space to be fitted up as a threatre for the women patients. The old operating threatre was situated within the roof space of St. Thomas's church as it was adjoining to the female's ward, so that it was easy and quick for patients to get from their ward to the operating threatre for their operation. ...read more.


Surgeons did not want to carryout any operations on the hospital wards as other patients would be disturbed and distressed by the screams of pain coming from the person who was under going surgery. This may have some of the other patients off having their operation, as well as this not many medical students would be able to view the operation and therefore provide the necessary money for the operation to take place. In conclusion it is clear to me that the old operating threatre was situated where it was for a few main reasons, including : 1. Being close to the female ward of the hospital. 2. The church's roof space already being owned by the hospital, which reduced costs. 3. There was a good source of natural light coming through the skylight, as there was no good artificial light at that time. Simon Owen - 10J Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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