The RSAS (Royal Surgical Aid Society) was founded in June 1862 by Mr William Watson, a City lawyer. Our first Royal patron was Edward VII. George V succeeded him in 1910 and two years later granted the ‘Royal’ title to the Society.
Over the next 90 years the Society provided 1,929,210 surgical aids to those in need, not only in the UK, but in many other countries, including China. When the National Health Service took over this work, the Society set up homes to care for older people, including people with dementia.
On the Society’s 150th anniversary the Board agreed the Society should focus on support to carers of people with dementia. Over the coming years we will be piloting services and assessing the emerging evidence before agreeing our final service offer.
Find out about the history of the RSAS by downloading our PDF booklet.
Please note: This document was published at a time when RSAS traded as AgeCare. This historical document contains outdated language that is no longer used by RSAS.
Watch our slideshow outlining the transformation of the RSAS since it was first established.