Bio Reading Luton and Dunstable Hospital 20th April
I have experienced first hand the services of the L & D Hospital, from being born here, having both my children here and when I was younger, visiting A&E after a car accident.
My work has often been influenced by the aesthetics of the clinical environment. This might be due to visiting my great aunt Alice , who had MS and was bed bound from the age of 23 until she died in her late 80s. She was on a terminally ill ward even though she was there for many years, paralysed from the neck down. As a family we often would visit her in her ward and would sit on her bed and talk with her. I often would remark on the people around her as they changed frequently. This was due to the nature of a terminally ill ward, only to find out later that they had died and a new patient was allocated the bed. I would spend hours playing around the ward observing the clean sterile surfaces , intersection of line and muted colours.
“The first hospital in Luton opened in 1872 and was a modest cottage hospital, which then became the Bute Hospital which opened in 1882, built on land donated by the Marquis of Bute. In 1902 the site was enlarged to a 40-bed establishment but a few years later there was insufficient space for expansion so it was decided to build another hospital. Ten acres of land, situated in the English countryside between Luton and Dunstable were purchased from Electrolux and a new hospital was built. The hospital was opened by Queen Mary on 14 February 1939” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_and_Dunstable_University_Hospital
I attended the hospital yesterday and was allocated a space along a walk way, which had several other plants positioned along the side of the corridor. I had been here before, several years earlier my son had to have an MRI scan (thankfully he was ok ). My son reacted to the sedative and became agitated, so I was asked to get on the bed with him as he was pushed down the corridors towards the MRI scanner, and it was either this corridor or the one adjacent to it. You can see the indents and marks caused by the trollies or other equipment hitting the walls. As I documented the space and took the Bio readings, several patients where taken past me throughout the day, on a variety of apparatus from beds to wheelchairs.
The hospital is a strange sterile environment but has such a range of interesting people, staff and professionals all in one place. I was overwhelmed with the amount of interest from staff. Thanks to all the staff and patients for allowing me to spend the day observing them and their environment. This patient was having a test in the same corridor as my work and was asked to walk continuously for 5 min.
These photos where taken from a consultant of dermatology, who works on skin cancer patients. I feel rather exposed but wanted to include them as they show the my skin wrinkles and all.