But an anesthesiologist in London – who also happens to have a passion for photography – has shared “honest” and “personal” photographs of what’s going on in what is currently one of the country’s busiest hospitals.
Dr Jon Williamson posted the photographs on Instagram in the hope that the images will be seen by people who generally do not engage in the news.
“The goal is to give a realistic, human perspective and personal experience of COVID on the front line in a way that feels authentic and unstaged,” he told Sky News.
In this photo, says Dr. Williamson, a bed is being prepared for the next patient after the previous person – a COVID-19[feminine[feminine victim – deceased.
“An empty bed is a pretty rare sight,” he says.
“Within hours, it was filled with a patient who needed to be intubated immediately for COVID. ”
The NHS internal transfer process means that many hospitals are on the verge of dealing with new admissions, but there are still some that are running out of space.
Some patients need to be taken directly to A&E intensive care, as can be seen in this photo.
Here, a critically ill patient is transported to the ICU by medical staff.
By the time patients reach the intensive care unit, many must be intubated and will spend much of their time unconscious.
This next photo is from the patient’s perspective.
“This is a patient who is sedated and intubated, so he’s unconscious,” says Dr. Williamson. “It’s shot from the perspective of a patient on the unit and what he would see if he was awake. ”
The image captures the activity of the intensive care unit and all the staff involved in keeping things running smoothly.
While this patient may have been unconscious, others are waiting to be intubated or have their ventilator removed – so that’s what they would see.
The photos also illustrate the immense work done by the staff in the intensive care unit.
Patients with coronavirus are often turned to the stomach, known to medical staff as a pronator, to help them breathe.
“This image is quite striking with the wide angle showing that there are a lot of staff attentive and attentive to what is going on,” says Dr Williamson.
“There’s actually a patient wrapped up under these blankets – it’s not some inanimate object underneath.
“It takes a lot of planning and a lot of staff and there’s one person at the center of it all. ”
He says pronunciation can be a “very physical task, especially when wearing a lot of PPE” and can involve all kinds of staff on the unit, including in this case the head nurse and the responsible consultant. .
What is clear is the amount of teamwork required.
In the photo below, two physiotherapists help each other with their PPE before entering a COVID department.
They don’t typically work in this environment but have been deployed to help nurses deal with a growing number of coronavirus patients.
“It’s almost a pretty dark scene,” says Dr. Williamson.
“I thought she was pressing her mask to her face had a sense of resolve around that and there was that camaraderie too. ”