I spent 5 days in a ward 4GS at the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) last week, due to the skin graft on my leg becoming infected, whilst I was preparing for the Mallee Routes exhibition at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. I ended up at the emergency department of the Victor Harbor Hospital on the Sunday of the exhibition open, then went to FMC early on the Monday morning. I left FMC late on Friday afternoon.
Though I was on an intravenous antibiotic drip for the infection every six hours for the 5 days I was ward 4GS I was allowed to make short walks outside the ward in-between the 6 hours.
The short walks meant that I mostly explored the area around the coffee shop such as Theo's or the cafe in the Centre for Innovation in Cancer. I would usually wander around this area after treating myself to a cup of coffee; or after dinner at 5pm.
It was usually bright and sunny at these time--either late morning or late afternoon in the summer - so I had to hunt for the areas of open shade. Consequently, I was rather limited in where and what I could photograph.
The area I mostly photographed in was around the Northern Wing of FMC as this had the most shade. I wanted to wander around the edges of the infrastructure development associated with the upgrade of the South Rd/Darlington section of the North South Corridor but it was off limits.
I didn't really want to photography inside the ward or within the hospital apart from my in my own room in the ward etc. I wasn't sure of the etiquette or the extent of the permissions that would be needed.