Whilst brave medical staff were tenaciously trying to keep Covid patients alive on the front lines, there were also teams of people in the background tirelessly working to keep the hospitals functioning and all NHS staff fed and watered. Many patients still needed meals and of course bedding and so on all still needed cleaning.
These teams didn’t get the same public recognition as front line medical staff but they are key workers in their own way, and a vital part of the NHS team. It’s easy to forget that even those washing pots and pans are essential, and came to work throughout the pandemic, often working in relatively close working environments, and all facing the potential risk of contracting Covid whilst doing so.
The pandemic, if nothing else, has perhaps highlighted how many brave, hard-working people it takes, to fight a battle of compassion and care.
From my exhibition series for Betsi Cadwaladr via the Betsi Research Unit.
My brief was not frontline action as seen on all news outlets, but the way hospitals & staff have adapted to cope with the crisis, from PPE to social distancing & also those vital behind the frontline workers essential throughout the crisis to support frontline NHS staff.
A small touring exhibition will be open to the public when safer times permit.