Paediatric ward, Royal Alexandra Hospital

Paediatric ward, Royal Alexandra Hospital, 1920s

This photograph of a paediatric ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, which is now a part of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, shows a row of cots exposed to sunlight from a row of large windows, a chest of drawers with wooden toys, and a nurse in the distance. The photo is taken in the inter-war period, before the discovery of penicillin, and sunlight was an important part of fighting tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

Image courtesy of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.