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Consultant Dr Wilkinson

A temporary art exhibition created by artist Emma Barnard was unveiled last week at a special event at St Peter’s Hospital. The exhibition was unveiled by Runnymede Mayor Cllr Derek Cotty and Heart Beat volunteer and past patient, Richard Docketty. This installation is part of a new initiative at the Trust to improve the experience of visiting a hospital as a patient or as a visitor.

This thought provoking exhibition is of patients who had their portrait taken immediately after consultation. They were then asked to express their thoughts and feelings on their portrait regarding their medical condition.

 

Emma Barnard explained: “Looking at these images and reflecting on what people say reinforces again that the patients we see are people. A little of their hopes and fears are depicted in these images. It challenges us as health professionals to be mindful of this always when we see people in the hospital environment.”

Chief Nurse Heather Caudle, Runnymede Mayor Cllr Derek Cotty, Emma Barnard, and Chairman Aileen McLeish

Chief Nurse Heather Caudle, Runnymede Mayor Cllr Derek Cotty, Emma Barnard, and Chairman Aileen McLeish

 

The Trust’s Chief Nurse, Heather Caudle said: “This was a very powerful presentation by artist Emma Barnard this evening on personalising patients as people and not 'paper.' Moving forward, I would like us, as an organization to think about how we use creative media, such as this to express the patient experience as it can create a real impact.”

The exhibition will be at St Peter’s Hospital until September when it will then be installed at Ashford Hospital.

 

Pictured above: Dr Wilkinson takes a closer look