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The Old Operating Theatre

May 19, 2019

The Old Operating Theatre is housed in the attic of the early Eighteenth century church of the old St. Thomas’s Hospital.  The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients’ medicines.  In 1822 an operating theatre was added. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe. Watson may very well have begun his medical training in a theatre such as this.

The Old Operating Theatre is situated at 9a St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY and is very close to London Bridge Underground Station.  It is in the same street as The Shard.   The “Victorian Surgery” talk will commence at 12 noon when we will be able to observe a mock operation as a medical student.

Please be advised that access to the operating theatre is by 52 steps up, and down, a narrow spiral staircase. Numbers are limited to 25.

The cost will be £7.00 / US$ 10.00 per head

  • Nearest Underground Station – London Bridge
  • Tour commences 12 noon
  • Cost £7.00  / $10.00
  • Access is by spiral staircase

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May 19, 2019
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