Hospital – 2

At the start of the Lockdown, the BBC were allowed to film the staff and patients at the Royal Free Hospital in London, a huge hospital that specialises in contagious diseases. The resulting footage was made into two special programmes called, ‘Hospital’ which were broadcast on Monday and Tuesday – Week 8 of Lockdown.  The drawings and paintings shown here are based on images from these films.

'It's so hot in there, we can't take a drink with our kit on' - Staff on ICU, BBC 2's 'Hospital' - Sketch 1
‘It’s so hot in there, we can’t take a drink with our kit on’ – Staff on ICU, BBC 2’s ‘Hospital’ – Sketch 1

This trio of images were from the first programme where the healthcare nurses were able to film in the ICU, wearing chest cameras.  This particular scene took place with the words of the staff explaining how difficult it was to work whilst wearing the essential PPE.  

The basic complaint was the overpowering heat. How impossible it was even to take a drink whilst wearing their kit.

Staff were hot, and stressed. 

'It's so hot in there, we can't take a drink with our kit on' - Staff on ICU, BBC 2's 'Hospital' Sketch 2
‘It’s so hot in there, we can’t take a drink with our kit on’ – Staff on ICU, BBC 2’s ‘Hospital’ Sketch 2

These words are on first sketch. The second sketch shows figures only, just trying to get them right.

The final piece, essentially a full painting with watercolour, ink and gouache, shows the ward’s water dispenser in the distance – literally and metaphorically a long way off.

'It's so hot in there, we can't take a drink with our kit on' - Staff on ICU, BBC 2's 'Hospital'
‘It’s so hot in there, we can’t take a drink with our kit on’ – Staff on ICU, BBC 2’s ‘Hospital’

These drawings and paintings are my inadequate but heartfelt tribute to all healthcare workers and carers, for the NHS and care homes. 

They are all, quite simply, brilliant.

Thank you.

Stay safe and stay well

5 Comments

  1. Beautifully done Maxine. A wonderful tribute. 🙏

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  2. You have captured the tense moments in their posture. Awesome Maxine. The nurse I sketched couldn’t see through her glasses…they were all fogged and he visor was full of droplets. Poor woman, a coworker of my son’s, was suffering in her PPE. And as they work with babies, the rooms are kept very warm…I think I would have ripped the whole suit off! So yes, they have a tough job and they are heroes!

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  3. Maxine, these are anything but inadequate. Your work comes straight from the heart, and inspired me to sit here and wish someone somewhere could compile all the uplifting creativity like yours resulting from this dire situation. All three of your works of art are exceptional but I really love the second one with the negative space and gestural qualities. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

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  4. Lovely sketches!!

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  5. And a beautiful tribute !! 😊😊🙏

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