Hadleigh/Southend Group visited the Old Operating Theatre in St Thomas’ Street Southwark where in 1861 Florence Nightingale founded her school of nursing. Access is gained via a wooden, spiral staircase, into a church’s roof space. There are displays of human organs, medical instruments and a myriad of herbs.
Lots of information on operations carried out with no anaesthesia, and of the staff and patients that worked there are available to read.
We spent a long time there enjoying the experiences in the pre runner to the present St Thomas’s hospital.
We then had a pleasant stroll along the South Bank and visited Southwark Cathedral.