Surgical theatre, c. 1910

Surgical theatre, c. 1910

Photograph of an empty surgical theatre at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, now part of Royal Sussex County Hospital, c. 1910. The large windows emphasise the role that sunlight played in good hospital care at the time. The bare surfaces we see on simple frames with coasters – so that they could be moved as needed – allowed for sterilisation.

Here, as well as in many other photos from the time, we see the value placed on air and sunlight for infection control.

Image courtesy of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.