Newcastle Hospitals have paid tribute to the staff working across the NHS with a special video on the NHS’ 72nd Birthday.

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust created the video using photos taken from across the city and inside hospitals during the lockdown. The video also features a reading by North East actor Kevin Whatley.

Tom Warburton, a local amateur photographer and Director of City Futures at Newcastle City Council, visited the Trust and key workers across City to capture the lockdown.

Tom Warburton said: “When Covid-19 arrived I knew right away that, because of my day job in the council, that I would have at least some access to the key moments in the city’s response to this huge unfolding story,”

“I reached for my camera and these are some of the resulting shots. They’re not always the best – and not always even in focus – but together they tell a story of our great city’s response. The response from key workers in the city has been amazing – everyone has lent in and helped.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to the amazing staff that allowed me to photograph – even in the middle of really busy shifts they made time for it.

“Many, many people and organisations have done incredible things to help the city through this. This is simply a snippet of that story. Thank you to you all – we will be forever in your debt.”

The work of artist Ian Berry, which showcases a handclapping animation to commemorate ‘Clap for our Carers’, will also feature on the side of The Great North Children’s Hospital on Sunday between 10 p.m and 11 p.m.

A final clap will also take place this Sunday and 5 p.m to say thank you to the NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Executive at Newcastle Hospitals, Dame Jackie Daniel, said:  “This Sunday the final and hopefully, biggest clap for carers will take place which is an opportunity for us to come together as a nation to thank the public for all their support and, of course, all the key workers who have played such an essential role.

“I expect many of us will also be finding a quiet moment to remember the many lives that have been lost due to COVID-19. Our chaplaincy team have been fundamental in the support they have provided to staff, patients and their families over the pandemic.

“Hopefully, this tribute to NHS staff reflects their listening ears to the stories of fear, hope and love across our great City and it’s lovely that one of our hospitals is also going to be illuminated.”

The Newcastle Hospitals video can be watched here:  https://youtu.be/FRSLPbNmlQg