Year 9 visit the Old Operating Theatre
Our Year 9 recently took a trip to the Old Operating Theatre to learn all about the medical practices of the 1800s. It is currently a museum, though it used to serve as a hospital and somewhat of a medical school. It is the oldest operating theatre in Europe and was made of wood, which was hard to sterilise.
After the pupils learned about the background of surgery, they got to witness one of their classmates having their leg 'amputated'. They supposed he had been involved in what would have been a common scene at the time – being run over by a cart-wheel in a road accident, leaving a compound fracture, so, his leg had to be amputated.
Overall, the pupils enjoyed the educational (albeit gruesome) trip and learned a lot about medicine, healthcare, anesthesia, and more.
They got to witness one of their classmates having their leg 'amputated'.