Who were the patients?
The patients at St Thomas's Hospital were mainly poor people who were expected to contribute to their care if they could afford it. Rich patients were treated and operated on at home rather than in hospital. The patients at the Old Operating Theatre were all women. Those who visit the Museum will be relieved to know that the patients did not have to climb the spiral staircase that is today's entrance. They came in from the women's ward through what is now the fire escape.
Click here for Operation on Elizabeth Raigen Exhibition
Click here for the Unknown Case of Benjamin Gidliffe by Immaculate Kabejja Serumaga
Left - one of Cheselden's Patients
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