LHSC after dark: Caring through the night

Summer 2021

It’s midnight at London Health Sciences Centre's (LHSC's) Victoria and University hospitals (VH and UH). Outside, the city of London is blanketed in a calm, pandemic silence. Upon entering, even the hospitals are quiet with the exception of a friendly greeting from those at the COVID-19 screening stations. The clinics are closed for the evening and most outpatient appointments ended hours ago.

And yet, throughout the hospitals, an abundance of activity is happening. The Emergency Departments are abuzz with staff, physicians, patients, and first responders. Diagnostic imaging is running all night and, in the laboratory, thousands of COVID-19 tests are being processed. A surgical team performs a kidney transplant in the operating room while babies are being delivered in the Birthing Centre. Life-saving treatment is being provided in the Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Trauma Centre, and hundreds of people are being cared for across inpatient units.

In March 2021, we toured our hospitals after hours to capture this activity in a behind-the-scenes look at the exceptional care that’s delivered 24/7. This photographic tribute is only a small glimpse at the outstanding work of our staff, physicians, researchers, and learners as they care through the night.

A surgical team performing a kidney transplantA surgical team performing a kidney transplant at UH

A nurse and a student reviewing a patient’s file from the operating room at UHA nurse and a student reviewing a patient’s file from the operating room at UH

A nursing student caring for an expectant mother in the Birthing Centre at VHA nursing student caring for an expectant mother in the Birthing Centre at VH

A nurse consulting from the communications desk in the Birthing Centre at VHA nurse consulting from the communications desk in the Birthing Centre at VH

A Sodexo staff member taking advantage of lighter traffic at VHA Sodexo staff member taking advantage of lighter traffic at VH

Staff, physicians, and learners caring for patients in the Intensive Care Unit at UHStaff, physicians, and learners caring for patients in the Intensive Care Unit at UH

Staff, physicians, and first responders caring for patients in our Emergency Departments at VH (top photo) and UH (bottom photos)Staff, physicians, and first responders caring for patients in our Emergency Departments at VH (top photo) and UH (bottom photos)

A security guard checking the facility at UHA security guard checking the facility at UH

A medical lab assistant preparing COVID-19 testing samples for PCR testing at VHA medical lab assistant preparing COVID-19 testing samples for PCR testing at VH

A medical laboratory technologist preparing COVID-19 testing swabs for DNA extraction at VHA medical laboratory technologist preparing COVID-19 testing swabs for DNA extraction at VH

MRI technologists prepping a patient for their scan at VHMRI technologists prepping a patient for their scan at VH

An entrance control officer working the patient and visitor screening entrance at UHAn entrance control officer working the patient and visitor screening entrance at UH

Nurses in the Critical Care Trauma Centre at VH preparing to see a patient with suspected COVID-19Nurses in the Critical Care Trauma Centre at VH preparing to see a patient with suspected COVID-19

A building engineer performing maintenance at VHA building engineer performing maintenance at VH

A porter moving essential equipment at UHA porter moving essential equipment at UH

A medical device reprocessing attendant at VH organizing medical instruments that have been cleaned, disinfected, reassembled, and sterilizedA medical device reprocessing attendant at VH organizing medical instruments that have been cleaned, disinfected, reassembled, and sterilized

A switchboard operator answering calls at VHA switchboard operator answering calls at VH

A nurse attending to a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at LHSC's Children's HospitalA nurse attending to a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at LHSC's Children's Hospital

Exterior photos of UH and VH at nightWhile not immediately evident from outside the buildings, inside staff, physicians, researchers, and learners are caring through the night at UH (top left) and VH (top right and bottom)

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Nurses in the Critical Care Trauma Centre at VH preparing to see a patient with suspected COVID-19