Manchester Eye Hospital

This momentous occasion of a house purchase (even though supported by a large mortgage) was marked by a change in name. The organisation until then known as "The Manchester Institution for Curing Diseases of the Eye" would be renamed as the Manchester Eye Hospital.

This new building clearly provided advantages, and yet the patient experience was still decidedly Victorian. Patients queued in the rain in the back yard, until funds were found to erect a shed, to make their sometimes long wait rather less uncomfortable. A list of creditors submitted to the Board during the following year gave an example of costs:

Resolved that the following accounts be paid


Sam Foster .... rent due 24 June 2..2..0
Mary Parry Leeches 7..5.10
R & J Clough Candlesticks etc 7..3
Tomlinson & Leigh Fire-irons etc 2..2..3
Rt Hughes & Son lettering 3..3.0
W Hatton Barber 1..1
J Slack Filtering machine 1..5..0
R & W Johnson Brushes 10..0
Smith & Ingle Paper 10..0
Gale Barker & Wardle   Drugs 3..0..6
Leese Jones & Co.  Coals Quarterly bill to June 24 5..13.7½
Jn Ward  Quilts & Blankets 2..18..0
Patients board to June 27 8..0..3
House sundries & Salary of T Bradbury to 24th June 15..8..5


For those who needed to be inpatient, the cost of board was 3/6d per week, payable in advance! The salary of the resident House Steward (and his wife, the Stewardess) was £70 per annum, with board, and two servants were permitted, with pay of £8.10s per annum and board equivalent to 6s weekly.

In 1862, for the first time, a House Surgeon was appointed to the hospital staff, and although not resident, working full-time for the Hospital. The rules for patients at the time were strict:

Every InPatient shall on admission bring a change of linen to the Hospital.

The Patients shall conduct themselves quiet and orderly and in all respects obey the directions of the House Surgeon and the Matron.

The breakfast, dinner and tea time for the InPatients shall be respectively 8¼ o'clock 12 o'clock and 6¼ o'clock. Prayers shall be read at 10am and 6pm

The InPatients who by their respective Surgeons are allowed to be up during the day shall as a rule repair to Bed at 8½ o'clock at night.

Those InPatients who by their respective Surgeons have been ordered to exercise in the open air, without any particular time being assigned for it, shall only be allowed to absent themselves from the House between 10 and 12 o'clock am and between 1 and 5 respectively from 1st October to 31st March 4 o'clock pm

No more than two persons at a time shall be admitted to visit any Inpatient and such visits shall only take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 2 and 5 o'clock pm.