A GROUP of our Year 10 and 11 GCSE History students enjoyed an action-packed trip to London on February 8th.

Students visited the Old Operating Theatre Museum, the Florence Nightingale Museum and the Imperial War Museum London.

Speaking about their time at the Old Operating Theatre Museum, one of the students who went on the trip, said: “We all gathered into the operating theatre which was built in 1822. It consisted of a small wooden operating table surrounded with spectators’ galleries for students to watch surgery carried out.

“Here, life-threatening operations were carried out until 1862, when the hospital moved to Lambeth borough. One student had their leg ‘amputated’ as it would have been 200 years ago! There were no disinfectants at the time, therefore infections were incredibly common and most patients never left hospital. Hygiene wasn’t considered to be important, rather the opposite as people believed the bloodier a surgeon’s gown the better he was as he had more experience!

“We would like to thank Mr Currie, Mr Lowery, Mrs Jackson and Ms Riley for taking us on this wonderful trip to London.”

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