Special hospital poetry display created

Two members of staff have put their creative minds together to make a special hospital poetry display.

Published poet Mel McEvoy, nurse consultant in palliative care, has written countless memoirs of his time working in the NHS.

Trust chaplain Robert Cooper, who is a talented calligrapher, decided to bring three of Mel’s poems to life in a different way.

They are now on display in the Oasis spirituality centre at the University Hospital of North Tees.

They include a piece about a challenging day a staff nurse was experiencing and a tribute to former director of nursing Cath Siddle who sadly passed away.

Robert said: “It took me nearly two months to get myself ready to do it.

“Calligraphers tend to be perfectionists so it’s really difficult to be completely satisfied with what you’ve done.

“I can’t do calligraphy unless I believe in the words, as I did with Mel’s fantastic poems.”

Mel recently retired but still works two days a week while he also takes on a masters degree in creative writing at the Open University.

He said: “I am deeply moved and honoured to be involved in such a fantastic display.

“The idea of poetry is for it to have a real meaning. I am always writing because I am passionate about it.

“I’d like to thank Robert for his fantastic work and I hope in the future we can make this area into a poetry corner.”



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