29 June 2020
Dr Roopak Khara, general adult psychiatrist at West London NHS Trust, is one of 12 faces of the NHS in a national campaign which launches today (Monday 29 June), featuring portraits by renowned photographer, Rankin.
Roopak is part of the team which came together from across the Trust to open the first ward in the country to care for Covid-19 patients with acute mental illness at Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit. The team’s work is highlighted in a short film: Avonmore Ward: Spirit of the NHS in Action and in a special report on Sky News.
Appearing on billboards across the country, Rankin’s portrait of Roopak highlights the work of NHS workers during the Covid-19 crisis.
Rankin, best known for taking portraits of celebrities including Kate Moss and David Bowie, has donated these portraits to thank the NHS, as part of the celebrations for the anniversary of the NHS on 5 July.
Of her work on Avonmore Ward, Roopak says: “I’m so incredibly proud and honoured to represent the team which set up Avonmore Ward to care for patients with severe mental illness who’ve tested positive for Covid-19. Everyone, from the porters to the domestic team to doctors and the nurses, came together to care for our patients in response to the national crisis. The team truly represents the spirit of the NHS in action.”
Read her story here.