This talk will focus on how easy it can be for healthcare practitioners to move from saving lives to doing away with them. The focus will be on Dr Harold Shipman (1946-2004) who killed hundreds of his patients over a 28-year period. Wherever he worked in the NHS – casualty, hospital wards and general practice – Shipman could kill people without anyone apparently noticing. Causing death in the course of treatment, with the intention of deliberately killing people, is known as ‘clinicide’. How common is clinicide? Why does it happen? How can it be incorporated into normal healthcare ‘routines’? And how can it be detected? This talk considers what can be learnt from healthcare serial killers from home and abroad, from fiction and fact.
Secret Concert @ The Old Operating Theatre: Introducing Russell Swallow
This is a unique after hours event that will take you back in time to witness a mock Victorian surgical demonstration presented within the original architecture of the old operating theatre of St. Thomas’s Hospital dated to 1822. Before the advent of anaesthesia, an operation had to be swift. Without hand-washing or antiseptics, the chance of later infection was high. Upon entrance you will be welcomed to a glass of wine (included in the ticket price) and to spend some time looking around the museum.
On 23rd December 1876, tragedy befell the lighthouse at Skerryvore. The three crewmen vanished, leaving a meal on the table and a fire in the grate. Only Mary was left. A little girl with nowhere to go. A witness without a memory. But tonight, 23 years later and via the miracle of mesmerism, Professor Barrett will return Mary to the eye of the storm. At last, she will tell all she knows about the tragedy at Skerryvore, finding redemption in the process. That is, if everything goes to plan…
Russell Swallow is a musician, event organiser, music consultant and curator. He has worked with the following artists: Morcheeba, The Noisettes, Ghostpoet, Trevor Nelson, Omar, Waylayers, Delilah, Dan Sells (The Feeling), Izzy Bizu, Stealing Sheep, Kimberly Anne, Leddra Chapman, Sarah Walk, Sarah Howells (Bryde), Kal Lavelle, Anna Pancaldi, Liv Austen, Emma Ballantine, Fiona Bevan and many more.