Hospital - Lord Mayor Treloar’s Hospital
Students will gain an understanding of the patient experience in a ground-breaking children’s hospital in the early 1900s.
Classroom activity - hanging around
Ask students to use the Brought to Life website to research the story of the Lord Mayor Treloar’s Hospital, polio and the patient experience. Then get them to imagine they are a child being treated using the revolutionary techniques employed at the hospital.
While they are encased in plaster and splints (but with a teddy bear close to hand), what must be going through their mind? Ask the students to create a diary kept over the course of a month-long stay at the hospital. What would they have seen, smelt, heard or thought? How might they have felt and who would they have met? You may want to support this by looking at the infection in hospital multimedia game.
Visit the Brought to Life website and research the story of another famous hospital, such as the Hotel Dieu in Paris or the Baghdad Hospital. Students should create a diary about the patient experience in this hospital, which will help to convey a sense of how patient care has changed over time. Alternatively they could create a second diary based on the experiences of a nurse, doctor or other member of hospital staff.
Hospital - hospital design
An understanding of how the design of hospitals has been influenced by changing ideas about the origins and nature of illness.
Classroom activity - design a hospital ward
Ask students to use the Brought to Life website to research the development of hospital design. In particular ask them to look at how the layout of the hospital changed as treatments moved from the spiritual realm into more modern scientific approaches to treating illness.
Get the students to design a hospital room for the long-term care of patients in a certain time period. Ask them to consider carefully the perceived needs of patients during this period in history. What objects would be in the room, and why would they be there? Would it be a single room, a twin room or something larger, such as a ward? What about bathroom facilities, or provision for visitors? How would the room compare with a modern hospital room in the UK?
Choose another period from history and repeat the exercise.