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Hazardous Hospitals: Cultures of Safety in NHS General Hospitals

Hazardous Hospitals is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship, exploring the history of safety in the British National Health Service. It is being conducted by Dr Christopher Sirrs.

It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm.

- Florence Nightingale, Notes on Hospitals (1863)



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A surgical operation to reconstruct a patient’s anterior cruciate ligament. Drawing by Virginia Powell, 1996. Wellcome Images

A surgical operation to reconstruct a patient’s anterior cruciate ligament. Drawing by Virginia Powell, 1996. Wellcome Images.

Joint Memorandum of the Medical Defence Union and Royal College of Nursing, 'Safeguards against failure to remove swabs. etc. from patients', 1969. TNA MH 150/296





Hazardous Hospitals: Cultures of Safety in NHS General Hospitals, c.1960-Present is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship, grant number 219756/Z/19/Z.