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NHS staff corridor to Royal Free intensive care unit gets a makeover

Passageway boasts dozens of messages, artworks and street art mural

19 May, 2020 — By Tom Foot

 

THE long walk staff make each day along a corridor into the intensive care unit at the Royal Free Hospital has been transformed with an array of uplifting messages.

Patients, staff, school children and even Princess Eugenie – who made a call for artwork ideas for the project on her social media – have got involved.

ICU matron Sinead Hanton said: “When staff arrive or leave the ICU they are usually deep in thought, especially if it’s been a particularly difficult shift.

“We hope this will give them a lift. We wanted to brighten up this space with a mural for a long time, and with the added pressures of our response to Covid-19, it seemed like the right time.”

The Royal Free Charity organised the revamp with the help of the Graffiti Kings street art group, which did the work for free.

Charity interim chief executive Richard Scarth said: “Once we put the word out that this corridor needed cheering up, the response from the public was amazing and we were able to create this wonderful wall really quickly.”

Graffiti Kings’ work in progress 

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