Statistics & Evidence Based Healthcare

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital

No. 141

By the time that plans were being drawn up to rebuild St Thomas’ Hospital in the 1860s, Nightingale was considered a leading expert on hospital design. She worked with architect Henry Currey to design the new hospital according to her preferred ‘pavilion’ model which improved ventilation and reduced the spread of infections. These tickets served as invitations to the grand opening in June 1871.

St Thomas’ Hospital was also the site of the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. The school was originally established at the old hospital buildings in 1860. When Old St Thomas’ was marked for demolition, both the hospital and the nursing school temporarily housed at a former zoo in Surrey Gardens. The giraffe house became a cholera ward and the elephant house was the dissecting room.

Plan of St Thomas’ Hospital. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

Tickets the the opening of St Thomas’ Hospital in 1871. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

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