Intensive care consultant wins award for photographing the impact of coronavirus on his hospital
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An intensive care consultant who chronicled the impact of Covid-19 on his hospital through photography has won a major award.
Dr Nick Mason, who was based at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport during the first wave, won The Power of Photography Award at the AP Awards 2021.
An experienced photographer outside from his main job, he says the sight of so many patients and people in PPE struck him as a story that needed to be told.
At its highest point, with a huge number of patients suffering respiratory failure, the ICU found itself working at 300% of its normal capacity.
The photographs capture the sheer effort of medical professionals and support staff working across the unit, along with patients at various stages of illness and recovery.
Nick wants the photographs to be a record and acknowledgement of the people who came together to help the hospital get through the terrible effects of the pandemic.
One particular striking series of photos showing the huge temporary mortuary that was built to handle the numbers of people who lost their lives.
Taken only "a couple of days" after the last body had left, Nick says it "brings home the the lethality and the awfulness of the virus and what the pandemic represents the so many people".