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NHS 75: Murals mark the 75th anniversary of NHS

Staff, patients and volunteers in Nottingham have a starring role in the NHS’s 75th anniversary.

Three murals were commissioned to commemorate the anniversary – featuring staff, patients and volunteers.

“After nearly 30 years at NUH, I’m now officially part of the furniture!” laughed Ben Lambourne, Specialist Audiologist, who features in the first mural, unveiled at Ropewalk House in May.

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Funded by the Medical Staff Committee (MSC), murals will be installed at QMC and City Hospital over the summer.

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The MSC, which represents doctors’ and consultants’ views to the Executive Team – voted to use legacy funds on art work.

Megan Dawes, NUH Arts Co-ordinator, said: “The MSC and Arts Steering Group felt strongly that there should be a piece for each site representing those who work there and those who receive care.”

Artists had to submit a proposal of their ideas, with a portfolio of previous commissions. The MSC and the steering group, along with patient representatives, chose HandMade Theatre.

Amy Nicholson and Suzy Gunn – founders of HandMade Theatre – consulted with staff and patients.

“As a theatre company we specialise in telling stories and that’s just what a mural aims to do,” said Amy. “We love to create bespoke work which connects directly to people and places.

“The architecture of the buildings was important so that’s how the concept of windows evolved. Celebrating the important people working and visiting the hospital was a key factor in making the mural meaningful. It created a real buzz – lots of people came down and enjoyed spotting colleagues they knew in the artwork.”

Claire Benton, Head of Audiology, said: “The mural is brilliant. Lots of patients and visitors have commented on it – it reflects the staff here, what we do, and the history of Ropewalk House.

“There is great excitement about it capturing members of our team so accurately – HandMade Theatre was a great choice!

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