Out of house visit to East Grinstead


Saturday 8 April 2017

Half Day

Venue Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust
Queen Victoria Hospital Nhs Trust
Holtye Road
West Sussex
RH19 3DZ
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History of Medicine Society



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The Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead was a small cottage hospital before it became established as a specialist unit for the treatment of facial injuries in WWII led by Sir Archibald McIndoe, Consultant Plastic Surgeon to the RAF.

We will meet in the atmospheric doctors' mess, hardly changed from WWII days when it was the RAF officers' mess. Lectures about the role of the hospital and plastic and maxillofacial surgery in the treatment of war injuries and a buffet lunch will be followed by a tour of the hospital and grounds by Mr Bob Marchant, a former Operating Department Practitioner who worked with Sir Archibald in the 1950s and is now Curator of the McIndoe archive and Secretary of the famous Guinea Pig Club.



10.50 am

Morning refreshments

11.10 am

From Gillies to Guinea Pigs: The story of a specialist hospital and how it came to fame

Mr Andrew Brown, Former Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead

12.10 pm

An unusual referral for dental school admission: A WWII RAF story

Mr Andrew Sadler, Council Member, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

12.20 pm


1.00 pm


2.00 pm

Tour of the hospital with particular reference to the work of McIndoe

Mr Bob Marchant, Former Operating Department Practitioner, Curator of the McIndoe archive, Honorary Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club

3.30 pm


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  • This visit is limited to a party of 20, first come first serve.
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For information on this event, contact Alison ChanTel: 02072903937 Email: history@rsm.ac.uk arrow