As part of Norfolk Heritage Open Days 2022, The Atrium will showcase the transformation of our hospital: from 1772, when it saw its first patients, to the present-day, and the future ambitions of the organisation. With medical artifacts, including an old X-ray machine and operating table, fascinating tales of medical innovation, and captivating talks from hospital professionals, this event offers a glimpse into the evolution of health and therapy.
Before the hospital opened, local residents were dependent on leeches and homemade cures. Now, 250 years later, staff in theatres use minimally invasive high-tech robotic surgery.
This is a unique chance to explore the history of our local hospital, which has been part of our community for over two centuries; and at the centre of so many lives. Rarely seen objects will be retrieved from the hospital archive, including tools, uniforms, and much more.
The Norfolk & Norwich Hospital was first founded as a charitable organisation in 1772, before becoming an NHS hospital in 1948. Based on St Stephen's Road for much of the 20th century, the new millennium saw the hospital moving to its current site on the Norwich Research Park. The Norfolk & Norwich Hospital has been caring for the people of the region for 250 years.