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.
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.
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.
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.
Stay safe and stay well