A day in the life of a medical records officer

These photographs were all shot in a single day, by Malky Trance, who works in medical records in the Main OPD.

It was a beautiful day, and I had a set of notes that needed dropping off. I was aware of a few places that had good views of the tower and some nice perspectives to capture, and also the main front in full sun always comes out well, with cars and buses ferrying people to and fro from the Hospital.  I like the little walk-throughs, there are always wild plants and flowers about. They are an example of health and recovery, as opposed to sickness and illness. 

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Textures and close ups

Susan Knight, Enquiry Officer for Safeguarding Adults,  kicks off a new gallery in which we are asking staff to send in photographs which capture close-ups or details of textures/patterns of nature and the built environment. We want as many photographs as possible so that we can create an abstract mosaic to brighten up a hospital wall. Please do send them in! And ask colleagues to do the same.



A photo a day…..

By Natasza Lentner, Head of Resilience, shares some photographs from a project in which she undertook the take a photograph every day for a year.

I’ve always been interested in photography and rarely go anywhere without my camera! In 2013 I decided to try the 365 project whereby you take a photo everyday for a year. I managed to keep it going for almost 6 months before other commitments meant I no longer had the time to give to the project.

Although I didn’t finish the project I did love the fact that taking a photo every single day forced me to think about using different styles and techniques.  I uploaded my photos everyday onto a blog, some photos were not my favourite aesthetically but were interesting experiments in lighting, colour, shutter speeds or focusing and a few ended up being some of my favourite photographs.

Below are some of the best photos from my project. All of these photographs were taken locally either in Brighton or on the journey from Brighton to Haywards Heath.



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Mosaics to celebrate love, peace and joy

These mosaics are by Pat Shields who is a specialist radiographer with the Macmillan Team in the Sussex Cancer Centre.

I started mosaicing about 5 years ago when I needed my kitchen tiled but my budget didn’t stretch to a tiler! So I tiled the kitchen with broken pieces of china and mirror resulting in a Gaudi style kitchen. Looking at the kitchen always made me feel cheerful so I wanted something for the sitting room. I decided to start with the title JOY and see what I could come up with. After a few months sketching ideas and ruminating I came up with this idea, dancing naked under a full moon …

Love and peace in my mind are 2 of the few really important things in life so they had to have representation. The bird is a loose description of a bird of Paradise, not a dove.

I work as a specialist radiographer with the Macmillan Team in the Sussex Cancer Centre. I have worked with cancer patients since I was 19 , I am now 61 , this has perhaps taught me what is important and given me a deep appreciation of my own good health.

Love, Peace and Joy are amongst the best things in life and they are all free!




Photos from around Brighton

Malky Trance, a nurse in the Main Outpatients Department, regularly photographs around Brighton.

I always have my phone with me and have made a point of getting one with a pretty good camera, as far as phone cameras go, that way you can just grab a shot there and then. The seafront is ever changing and always interesting any time of day, the obvious pier, sunsets and cloudy days, beach stuff and people, and general views, always different depending on weather and time of day, there is also quite a few beautiful buildings and structures around that offer great shots, and the flowers where on the dividing island strip on eastern road, and the colourful lanterns and decor are the restaurant the “Curry Leaf”.


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New paintings and drawings

Natasza Lentner, Head of Resilience, shares some recently-made drawings and paintings.

I’ve always been pretty creative but working full time has meant I’ve not had much time to explore my arty side recently. As an A&E nurse I was pretty hands on looking after patients, attending to dressings, applying plaster of Paris, mixing up medications. I didn’t really miss spending time with my pens and pencils, maybe because nursing felt quite creative. Since being in an office job for the last few years I’ve really started to notice an longing to create something purely for pleasure. I’d lost confidence in my skills and wasn’t sure where to start so I signed up for an evening art course. Over the following 10 weeks I re-learnt basic skills, practised new techniques and tried to curb bad habits I’d picked up over the years. I surprised myself with the materials I liked working with and with the work I created.

Here is some of the work I produced during the 10 week course using different materials and techniques. Drawn using my non dominant hand.


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Moving watercolours

James Rainbow, who works in Clinical Coding, makes videos of his water-colour paintings. His latest project shows him painting a sausage dog puppy as a gift for a colleague leaving work. He has his own tumblr site and posts the videos on YouTube. Here we show a couple of stills from his latest project. Please visit his tumblr site for more works.


I seem to spend most of my time painting watercolours, filming the process and editing the videos down into short clips.  I also dabble in photography and light painting

Every project seems to give me a new challenge and in this case it was using a new type of watercolour paper.  It may seem like a trivial element but I was surprised at how much it affects the painting process.  The pigment soaked into the paper in a different way than before and the ink I use for the outlines was absorbed at a slower rate which gave a more pleasing result.

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Comics in medicine

These comic strips are by Muna Al-Jawad who is a Consultant in Elderly Medicine and Clincal Lead for Dementia Care.

I am a geriatrician. I use comics as a form of practitioner research- to think about my practice and get under the surface of the things I might otherwise take for granted. I also use comics with students and other healthcare staff. I believe that being a healthcare practitioner is difficult. We all want to do the right thing for our patients but this is not possible unless we find ways to support staff to survive, flourish and be creative. If you are interested in the intersection between comics and medicine go to www.graphicmedicine.org


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Drawings and sketches

These drawings and doodles are by Jo Jenner, who works as a healthcare assistant in the Lawson Unit. 

I have been drawing all my life, I draw and paint most days and if I am not drawing then I find myself thinking about drawing. Some of my influences include: William Hogarth, David Hockney, David Shrigley and Modern Toss!

The feeling I get from drawing is that of ultimate relaxation, concentration and contentedness. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to draw, another form of communication and if I can inspire others then that’s all the better.

Without drawing, and doodling at work I know I would not be the same person.

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