FIELD NOTES 013
32 pp / 190 x 230mm
First edition of 100
“The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it”.
Aneurin Bevan, the Health Minister who created the NHS
Since its inception in 1948, the National Health Service has been the prized jewel in Britain's welfare crown. As mortality rates decrease year-on-year, the demand for cutting-edge therapies, and their associated tariffs, continues to rise. A victim of its own success, and further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHS faces its biggest fight to date.
Picture of Health is my take on a small corner of the NHS today. Shot over two years, starting in February 2016, I was granted access to all areas across Northampton General Hospital, a mid-sized district general hospital in Northamptonshire, UK.
In part I wanted to explore the unseen recesses of the hospital, hinting at the hidden complexities inherent within the delivery of care. Further, I hoped to highlight chronic underfunding across the NHS, which has meant that the provision of safe care to the populace of Northamptonshire has become increasingly difficult. Despite - or perhaps because of - this, it was also the aim of this project to celebrate the hard work and commitment shown by staff at Northampton General Hospital in providing the Best Possible Care to their patients on a daily basis.