Medical Illustration

Who is the service for?

We provide a clinical photography and video service of patients for doctors and specialist nurses across the Trust. These photographs can help these clinicians decide on a course of treatment for individual patients or can be used to check on its progress. They can also be useful in demonstrating the appearance a particular disease, injury or technique to other staff who may be in training.

We produce publicity photographs and videos, information leaflets and posters, and some of the documents and forms for use in the Trust. We can also produce posters and banners for staff attending conferences worldwide.

What does the service provide?

Many of the patients we see are inpatients on the hospital Wards. Our photographers may also be present during operations to record surgical procedures.

Clinical photographs may be taken when patients attend outpatient clinics. If necessary we can also take clinical photograph of outpatients in either of our studios at the Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital.

Along with community nurses, our photographers also go to patients’ homes and local care homes to take clinical photographs.

Who will patients meet while under your department/service’s care?

If you come to one of our studios you will be met by either a receptionist or by the clinical photographer assigned to your case.

When is the service available?

The service runs Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

Where is the service provided?

The service is based on the ground floor of the Chalmers Keddie building at the Royal Oldham Hospital. There is also a satellite studio on the North Manchester General Hospital site located close to the Trust’s Headquarters building.

Department contact details

To contact us please telephone 0161 627 8326 or email

Practical information

If your doctor has asked you to have clinical photographs taken please telephone our office for an appointment.

If you would prefer a same-sex photographer please let us know when making the appointment and we will try to make sure one is available.

Your doctor will have completed a consent form with you for the clinical photographs. Please remember to bring this form to the appointment with you, as it will also contain details of the clinical photographs the doctor would like us to take.

Key staff

Brian Allsop, Trust Medical Illustration Manager.