History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

10 July, 2012

Life in a London Hospital

A series of photographs capturing the experiences of workers and patients at a busy hospital in London, 1941.

From the Imperial War Museum.  

© IWM (D 2312)

Stretcher bearers carry a casualty into the hospital, while a 'tally man' (usually a student doctor) assigns a number. Source

© IWM (D 2322)

A view of the hospital reception ward, with a doctor in the foreground preparing to take a x-ray with a mobile machine. Source

© IWM (D 2317)

A doctor and nurse tend to a patient, while an almoner takes personal details. Source

 © IWM (D 2325)

A nurse lays a blanket over a heated frame to quickly warm a patient. Source

© IWM (D 2328)

A view of the busy operating theatre. Source

© IWM (D 2324)

A nurse collects a tray with blood and plasma transfusion equipment. Source

© IWM (D 2333)

Porters transport a patient through hospital corridors. Source

© IWM (D 2330)

Doctors examine an x-ray during an operation. Source

© IWM (D 2314)

A tally man takes details about a casualty from a policeman. Source

© IWM (D 2321)

A forehead marked 'M' indicates the patient has received a dose of morphine prior to arrival. Source

© IWM (D 2315)

Stretcher cases are rushed to the surgery, where nurses and doctors attend to them. Source

© IWM (D 2329)

To save time, patients are prepared for surgery and anaesthetized behind a screen in the corner of the operating theatre. Source

© IWM (D 2335)

A nurse gathers the belongings of a patient. Source

© IWM (D 2342)

Porters bring a patient down a staircase-- a temporary one, as the original was destroyed in an air raid. Source

 © IWM (D 2343)

Porters slide a patient down a ramp alongside the stairway, intended for those whose injuries may be worsened by the jolting of the stairs. Source

© IWM (D 2340)

A nurse gives American donated clothing to a patient whose belongings were destroyed in an air raid. Source

© IWM (D 2323)

Nurses x-ray a patient with a mobile machine. Source

 © IWM (D 2334)

A ward in the early morning. Source

 © IWM (D 2326)

Patients only 'slightly injured' settle down for the night in a waiting area. Source

 © IWM (D 2336)

Nurses get well-earned cups of tea from canteen workers. Source

1 comment:

Unknown said...

The main hospital building Autoclave can be accessed from Whitechapel Road or Stepney Way. The two main receptions are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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