It’s hard to know where to begin… what a time it has been and will continue to be. Everything turned upside down. Tranquility where there was turmoil, confusion where there was certainty.

Royal Free Hospital – BBC 2

Every news bulletin brings a new story and a new facet to the crisis.

At the beginning of the year, my mum was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary and subsequently the Glenfield Hospital.

Hospital – Study sheet 1

A helpless observer at her bedside, I watched the staff at work, at first in the Intensive Care Unit and later the recovery wards.

Hospital – Study sheet 1 – Detail, with newborn

The ICU staff were remarkable, as they calmly and methodically went through the process to stabilise her condition and to move her to the next stage of her recovery – which indeed they did.

Their work undertaken with great kindness, patience and gentle humour. Wonderful, lovely people and tender in years to my old eyes.

Hospital – Study sheet 1 – Detail

Sitting as a helpless observer, I felt my instinct to capture them working with my pen and watercolours. I couldn’t help myself… in my head I followed the lines, the colours and movement.

Of course it wasn’t possible, but the image of the doctors and nurses working together has been with me ever since.

Hospital – Study sheet 2

At the start of the Lockdown, the BBC made two programmes about the Royal Free Hospital in London, a huge hospital that specialises in contagious diseases.

Hospital – Study sheet 2 – Detail, Patient coming

The programmes follow members of staff and patients through the early days of the disease. The staff show the exact same qualities that I experienced with my mum at Leicester.

The programmes were shown this week. I began to draw and then cry as all the memories flooded back. I am still a helpless observer waiting and watching as they work so hard. I guess we all are.

Hospital – Study sheet 2 – Detail

The one thing I can do, we all can do is say ‘Thank you’ and pay tribute as much as we can.

Hospital, BBC 2 – Locking the cupboard

These are my drawings based on the programme as a small tribute to all healthcare workers and carers, who are just brilliant. Thank you!

Stay safe and stay well

15 Comments on “Hospital

  1. The paintings are simply brilliant Maxine and a fine tribute to all the hard working staff at the hospital. Let’s hope they adorn the walls with some of them after the crisis is over! Take care too.

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  2. I’m sorry to hear of your journey. I hope you have a happy outcome. Love your drawings Much love

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  3. Brilliant Max, i thought you might get around to doing this. Love the colours and the movement, you can feel the tension of the NHS staff.

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  4. Thanks so much for these wonderful heartfelt drawings and water-colours together with your words of thanks to all the healthcare workers. I am a great admirer of yours and as a retired surgeon and very much amateur artist I am so moved by these images that capture it all so brilliantly. I hope your mum remains well. Sending you my warmest regards and best wishes.

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    • Andrew, thank you for your wonderful and kind message. I appreciate it very much indeed. The drawings are the least I can do and now I feel a strong commitment to make more. Your comment encourages me greatly to do that, Thank you, Best wishes, Maxine

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