This is England and Line of Duty star, Vicky McClure and Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate, Georgina Wilding joined forces with Nottingham University NHS Trust (NUH) staff for the creation of our latest annual film.
The film called ‘Your Poem’ highlights NUH as an intrinsic part of the community, telling real stories, but equally, does not shy away from elements that could be improved, including operation times.
Production Company, CWA started filming in September and documented staff, patients and visitors in our hospitals to highlight daily life at NUH. The film includes footage from all three NUH hospital sites, Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC), City Hospital, Ropewalk House, as well as Nottinghamshire landmarks like The NET trams, Nottingham Council House and the River Leen.
Georgina Wilding was invited on a walk around the sites in order to get a feel of the hospitals, visit wards and meet staff in order to be inspired to write the poem. Georgina said: ‘When I was invited to create this commission, I felt the weight of that responsibility almost instantly. My family, like most of ours in this room, has been touched by the hands of fate that lead us to needing help. In the last year, we lost our auntie, a grandparent, and friends. I have seen first-hand the fight you fight for those in need. I hope this poem serves as a small piece of history to document some of those successes to date, but more than that, I hope it’s a pause in time for you to take stock of all your personal successes; to reflect on your individual journey and note of how incredibly thankful we all are for you.”
Vicky McClure narrates the poem throughout the film and was asked to take part after her work with NUH in the past. These include performing at City Hospital with ‘Our Dementia Choir’ and as part of her book launch, where she read some of her novel to patients on the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at QMC.
The final film was exclusively shown to nominees at the Team NUH awards ceremony which took place at the start of October.