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PHOTOGRAPHY MURAL BRIGHTENS CITY HOSPITAL


A captivating photographic mural has been unveiled at Peterborough City Hospital.


Peterborough street photographer Chris Porsz is well known locally for his wonderful candid images of people and places in the city, which have since appeared in many of his books.


Now it’s wonderful to see some of the former paramedic’s work up on the walls of Peterborough City Hospital for everyone to enjoy.



The striking piece of art - made of 150 images - has pride of place along the corridor leading to the Outpatients department and charts 40 years of hospital staff, services and healthcare progress.


The mural project, which has been a year in the making, has been funded through a lottery heritage grant to help mark the 75th anniversary of the NHS throughout 2023.



Chris said: “Special thanks to my good friend Chris Lane, an incredibly talented local graphic designer, who has used my photographs to transform what was a long boring white corridor into a sea of NHS blue.



“It is very satisfying to see the positive response from the staff, patients and visitors who are clearly enjoying, and are fascinated by, this colourful trip down memory lane.


“Like a big happy family, it shows the teamwork, life-long friendships and, despite the immense pressures, the positive ‘can-do’ spirit of staff that ensures such a professional and caring environment for their patients.”



The incredible photos record fantastic stories of advances in treatments and technology, changes in uniforms, buildings and equipment – along with personal highlights from staff past and present and many others with a connection to North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust – all set against a sea of NHS blue.



Some of the images were taken by Chris between 1974 and 1986 when he worked as an A&E porter at the then Peterborough District Hospital (PDH).


More followed during his role as a paramedic, featuring photos of the old PDH building, maternity unit and the former Edith Cavell Hospital – culminating in the move to Peterborough City Hospital in 2010.



Chris added: “The mural is a tribute and shows gratitude to all our dedicated staff from all over the world who, at great personal sacrifice, got us through the pandemic. Their continued hard work, exemplary and compassionate care depicts the NHS at its very best.”


The mural - which is also dedicated to the memory of Chris’ late wife Lesley - is based on his photographic book ‘Just Be Kind’.



Chris presented a cheque for £1,500 from his photography book sales to Lesley's oncologist Dr Karen McAdam and her team as a very small token of appreciation for enhancing the lives of thousands of local women and their families.


Half of the money raised will go to local breast cancer clinical trials and to the PCH oncology day unit.

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