The Handover


"Over the last seven years, I have spent an unhealthy amount of time under the care of the NHS and every time I’ve had nothing but outstanding care. It has been my misfortune to spend time on the wards of Leeds St James and Sheffield’s Hallamshire and Northern General hospitals. The saving grace every time has been the care I’ve received, from numerous people including my GP and all the professionals that carry out various tests, scans and probes, world-leading surgeons and anaesthetists, dedicated hard-working nurses and all the support staff. They all helped to save my life on three separate occasions.

On my last stay in the Northern General in 2021, following a heart valve replacement, I shuffled off to the loo in the early hours of the morning. As I turned the dimly lit corner I glanced up to see a group of nurses in the process of doing a handover, the time when the night shift passes on info to the oncoming morning staff. They were all huddled around a table lit by a single lamp, deep in conversation, taking in all the relevant details of the new arrivals and those who needed extra attention. The image reminded me of a Rembrandt or Caravaggio painting. I returned to my bed, picked up my pad and did a quick sketch of the scene and promised myself that I would recreate it when I got the chance.

Twelve months have passed and I have finally found the time to revisit those brilliant nurses and show my appreciation for their dedication and care.

The NHS is an incredible institution that needs our love and attention otherwise we will lose it and every one of us will suffer as a result.

Thank you, NHS and all of you who work for her. I owe you my life and I will never stop loving you and it is more than likely that I’ll never stop using you too."

- Pete McKee

A 20% discount on this product is available for NHS staff. You must have a valid NHS card and you can claim the discount by ordering in person at the McKee gallery or by emailing us at to obtain a discount code before ordering.

Product Options:

This image is available as an art print, produced on high-quality paper and available unframed or framed. This image is also available on canvas.

Unframed art print*
Small print: 40cm x 56cm
Large print: 50cm x 70cm

*Dimensions include a white border that surrounds the image and measures approximately 5cm.

Please note that unframed prints take 1-3 working days to be printed and an extra 1-2 working days for delivery. Unframed prints are available the same day from the McKee gallery for collection only.

Framed art print
Mounted and framed in a bespoke, glass, black angled frame. Made by the gallery's local framer.

Small framed print: 43cm x 53cm (approx)
Large framed print: 54cm x 70cm (approx)

Please note that framed prints take 7-10 working days to be made up and an extra 2-3 working days for delivery.

Our canvases are hand-stretched onto chunky pine frames with hand-folded corners. Our McKee images are printed onto the canvases with high-definition printers to produce sharp, high-quality images.

Canvas: 31cm x 41cm

Please note our canvases can take up to 7 working days to be delivered or to be collected in store.


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