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Choose from 39 pictures in our Healthcare collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping. We are proud to offer this selection in partnership with Historic England.


Blood supply MED01_01_0922 Featured Healthcare Print

Blood supply MED01_01_0922

Army Blood Supply Depot, Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, City Of Bristol. Two men transferring blood from small donation bottles into large glass Winchester bottles. Plasma transfusion. This picture shows the pooling of the blood returned to the depot after being obtained during the day by the blood transfusion teams. From 300 to 350 pints are taken during the day and the abstraction of the plasma takes place during the night. Photographed in August 1940 by Topical Press Agency Limited

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Iron lung at Lourdes med01_01_0369 Featured Healthcare Print

Iron lung at Lourdes med01_01_0369

Sanctuary Of Our Lady Of Lourdes, Basilica Of Our Lady Of The Rosary, Lourdes, France. View of clergy passing pilgrims, including a trailer housing a patient in an iron lung, at Lourdes. The first viable iron lung was built in 1876, and throughout the early 20th century ventilators were designed to augment the work of the respiratory muscles through the use of sub-atmospheric pressure around the patient's body. Photographed for the Topical Press Agency Ltd in May 1939

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Royal opening of Birmingham General Hospital BL14150_001 Featured Healthcare Print

Royal opening of Birmingham General Hospital BL14150_001

BIRMINGHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL, Steelhouse Lane, Small Heath, Birmingham. Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (formerly Princess Helena, daughter of Queen Victoria) arriving by carriage at Birmingham General Hospital during the opening ceremony. Princess Christian became president of the Royal British Nurses Association and undertook an extensive programme of royal engagements including the opening of William Henman's General Hospital. Photographed by Bedford Lemere and Co. July 1897

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