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Photos chart the Whittington’s battle with Covid surge

Slater King's powerful images of hospital staff were taken after the first national lockdown

04 December, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Slater King’s images captured the highs and lows at the Whittington Hospital

PORTRAITS of the frontline staff at the Whittington Hospital working through the first wave of coronavirus are set to be published in a “moving and powerful” book.

Photographer Slater King was invited into the Archway hospital at the beginning of the first national lockdown and he has since produced a collection of 90 striking images.

The Magdala Avenue hospital saw wards transformed into emergency Intensive Care Units to cope with the demand as a surge of patients arrived in late March and April, some of whom sadly died.

Mr King said: “While it seemed that the whole planet was in chaos, I always left the hospital with a positive outlook because of the sheer numbers of people that were working with an incredible amount of skill and great compassion on the behalf of their patients, often at great cost to themselves.”

A spokesman for Whittington Health said: “The images and stories are powerful and moving and capture what it was to be here during a moment in our history.”

The book is available from Kickstarter and all details can be found on Mr King’s website

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