Date of release: 6 November 2020
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is proud to have its own virtual exhibition of photographs unveiled at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
As part of 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the Trust has collaborated with the Art Gallery and Wolverhampton City Archives to present a collection of photographs from past decades, alongside images taken by the Trust’s Clinical Illustration department and Matron Katie Haywood, showing nurses and midwives in their working lives today.
Pictured, from left, Lee Reynolds, Health Care Assistant and Staff Nurses Venia Bwititi and Emmanuel Ozurumba, Ward C22, checking out the virtual exhibition. Disclaimer this picture was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The exhibition begins by featuring pictures from the past that celebrate the rich nursing and midwifery heritage in Wolverhampton. This is followed by a selection of portraits of our nurses and midwives during 2020.
Well over 3,700 people have so far viewed the exhibition, which is available online here: www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/yotn, while Arts Council England have requested it to be featured in their ACE Creative Lockdown newsletter.
The portraits demonstrate the challenges that have and continue to be faced by the NHS at this time (some photographs were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic).
A mural, measuring some 20 feet long by five feet tall, featuring hundreds of different coloured hand prints from staff working in the Trust’s Intensive Critical Care Unit and made at the height of the pandemic, is a highlight of the exhibition.
The mural was the brainchild of Katie Hobday, a Sister on ICCU, and it inspired many staff to be included in an act of teamwork and solidarity at the most challenging of times.
Professor Ann-Marie Cannaby, the Trust’s Chief Nurse, said: “We are proud and delighted to have been given the opportunity of a virtual exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery to celebrate our nurses and midwives.
“This exhibition is a way for us to connect with the public we serve. You will see the diversity our professions bring with a wide variety of roles and specialities.
“You will also be able to see the hand mural created by our Intensive Critical Care Unit at the height of the pandemic, inspired by the staff themselves.
“The pandemic changed many of our plans to celebrate this year. However, we are delighted this exhibition has come to fruition. We hope you take great pleasure in viewing the exhibit.”
Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins said: “The selection of photographs show a story through time and represent the importance of the NHS and the role nurses and midwives played then and now.
“I urge everyone to take time to visit the website and celebrate 2020: International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and I thank The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in working with the council and all they have done through the pandemic.”
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