For three years, SiesvanHintum worked to create a portrait of the oldest hospital in the Netherlands, the Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis.
In the book Heel Reinier, Ruud Sies shows the human side of the hospital. ‘A hospital is not a care factory but a human city.’
The book takes us through the old buildings of the Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis, beginning in the children’s department and moving on through the nursing ward to the boiler room, the maternity ward, the intensive care department, the archive and the operating theatres.
One moment we are standing in the H building (St. Hippolytus), the next in the B building (Bethel).
In his photographs Ruud shows suffering great and small, as well as the dedication of doctors and nurses. Expertise and skill are coupled with comradeship and loving care.