Striking images showing work carried out by the James Cook University Hospital team during the coronavirus pandemic have been unveiled by photographer Matthew Jones.
The Care in a Crisis project photos were taken inside the Middlesbrough hospital’s critical care department, documenting the pressure, the challenges and the kindness shown by the team
A selection of the images is on display in the hospital’s main atrium.
To spend the time they did in personal protective equipment and in such heightened stress and emotion was an incredible effort, and to do with humour, good spirit and such team spirit even more so.
I think the photos do a little justice to the stresses and pressure of the environment, but also the immense humanity on display as staff made such an effort to build bonds with the patients despite the obstacles they faced.
The atmosphere in the intensive care unit was amazing. You sensed the strong bonds that existed between them all, a real spirit of care for each other’s welfare."
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