Whenever one thinks of a hospital, the only thing that comes to mind is the doctors. It’s as if the whole show is run by the doctors and the doctors alone. Little do they know that in reality they couldn’t be further from the truth. To keep a hospital functional, an army of people who are specifically trained in their respective tasks are required to man certain stations. Each job plays an equally important role contributing to the medical health system we have today.
After working for almost two years in a hospital, I have come to realize and appreciate the people working quietly behind the scenes. Hence, this photography project entitled 'The Unsung Heroes'.
This photography project represents my insight working as a houseman of a hospital. There is a tall hierarchy system in the hospitals of Malaysia and being right at the bottom of it gives us a very interesting perspective.
I hope this project would be able to enlighten the people about the many roles in a hospital and their contribution. In hopes that a little kindness & gratitude can be shown to the Unsung Heroes at your next hospital visit.
Working quietly 24 hours round the clock, the cleaners ensure the hospital is spotless and habitable. Their job is one of the most essential in the hospital. Imagine for a moment, a hospital without cleaners….. the floors would be flooded with blood, urine and pus; the bins would be overflowing with waste; operations can’t continue, patients can’t be admitted…
A hospital without cleaners would be a petri dish for the nastiest bacteria imaginable. There are our last defense against the viruses & bacterias. If they can’t clean it, they will damn sure disinfect them.
Working in a relentless shift system, they sacrifice their family, time and energy to provide world class service for the patients. Their whole life revolves around their shift schedule, regardless if their children are sick or if they have family events over the weekends. It is like being caught in a whirlwind of time which sucks and drains you over time. Hats off to the nurses who have dedicated their lives in service of patients.
The last but not least Unsung Heroes found in every major hospital. The bottom of the food chain, the amoeba of the medical system. We are like caterpillar cocoons looking up at the bosses ruling like titans. Subjected to ungodly working hours & all kinds of scoldings, we endure, learn and absorb all the experiences needed for us to bloom and blossom into the very titans we look up to now.
Is the system F*** Up Beyond Repair (FUBAR) as some might claim? Far from it. The system works and has produced some of the finest doctors in the world.
Is there room for improvement? Definitely! The system is far from perfect and has a long way to go. But rest assured, steps are being taken for the better.
So hang in there my friends! It is tough but the end is rewarding.. I hope.
These people are the king of the corridors during meal times. Sending the patient’s food in a gigantic trolley, everybody including consultants & specialists have to get out of their way. Without them, the patients will never get their healthy food and will starve.
These people could have been chefs for famous restaurants or even open their own restaurants. But instead they have chosen to cook low salt diet meals, diabetic diet meals and so on. They have dedicated their lives to produce healthy food despite being ridiculed for cooking yucky food. They are the sole source of motivation for patients to get well and leave the hospital. There is a reason why hospital food taste the way it is.
Exposing themselves constantly to radiation, the radiographers ensure that beautiful images are captured to assist the doctors in coming to a diagnosis.
I’d say the record keepers are like the brain of a hospital. They file and keep all the records of the patients safe and organized. They are even able to retrieve them in an instant. Without them, vital information of patients written meticulously & elegantly by the doctors in neat tidy handwriting would be lost to the world forever.
A crucial role connecting not only the various departments in a hospital & inter-hospitals but also connects the public with a hospital. A less known role would be the activation of red or blue codes in times of emergencies. If there’s some emergency in your hospital, who you gonna call? Operator!
Not sure what are they called in other hospitals but in my hospital, they are called Linen. Clean bed sheets, sterilized OT gowns, sterilized drapes and so on are their responsibility. Without them, surgeons might as well do surgeries butt naked instead of wearing infected gowns.
The lesser sung part of them are their roles in guiding & inspiring the younger doctors. I understand that there are a few cases reported recently regarding inappropriate actions of a few specialists towards the junior doctors. DO NOT let those few rotten apples spoil the rest of the succulent delicious juicy apples in the basket. These remaining phenomenally good apples are so sweet that one bite of them makes you feel as if you are in apple paradise. You find yourself swimming backstroke in a sea of glorious apples with angelic music playing in the background..
I personally have been inspired by more than a few senior doctors, specialists & consultants. There are like shepherds guiding the younger generation through the many adversaries and opening doors leading us to a bright & enlighten future.