Hospital ship: ward and surgery

#Picture Number SH113

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Victorian illustration to download showing the light and airy ward and neat surgery of a Royal Navy hospital ship, 1860. The ward had 120 beds for patients and 20 for medical staff. Above each bed hung a tray which the patient could raise or lower himself. A rack below held his belongings. The surgery was lit by a skylight, which could be opened to allow a patient to be lowered straight on to the operating table. Shelves all around hold bottles of drugs. A counter with drawers stands in the centre – on it medicines can be mixed. A medical officer in uniform reads the label on a bottle.