A frontline worker trapped in a hospital: Hannah Grace Deller’s best photograph

A frontline worker trapped in a hospital: Hannah Grace Deller’s best photograph

November 5, 2020

‘Arman had got trapped in the one-way Covid system. I was struck by how doubly isolated he was: behind the door, behind his PPE’

I left school at 15. I never realised I was creative or had an eye until I was in my early 20s when, waitressing in New York, I met two fine-art photographers. They offered me an internship, after which I went professional. There were events, freelance commissions – but not enough to make a living. Back in the UK, I retrained as a nurse. But I didn’t stop taking photos.

Today, I’m a paediatric matron at St Mary’s hospital, Paddington, London. Back in March we got a call saying we needed to change one of the children’s wards into an adult Covid-positive one. A&E was overwhelmed and the adult wards were overflowing. The children’s wards, by contrast, were not as busy as usual. That evening we started to admit adults, most elderly, many needing palliative care.

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