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Old Operating Theatre Museum

Old Operating Theatre Museum

9A St. Thomas Street, SE1
Tel: (0) 171 955 4791
London Bridge, Piccadilly Circus

The roof garret of the church of St Thomas' contains Britain's oldest operating theatre, dating from 1821. It was part of St Thomas' Hospital before it moved sites in June 1862. The timber garret was used by the apothecary for the storage and curing of herbs to be used in medicine. The theatre witnessed the advent of anesthesia in 1846 and closed three years before Lister began his experiments in antiseptic surgery and provides an evocative reminder of the incredible medical advances over the last 150 years.

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