Welcome to Clinical Illustration

Within the Clinical Illustration Department you will find a diverse, dynamic group of professionals bound together by our common interests – art, medicine and science. Our aim is to provide a patient centred clinical illustration service which covers all aspects of clinical and educational illustration work. We create accurate and aesthetically pleasing visual presentations for the whole of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and allied healthcare professions.

What is a Clinical Illustrator?

A clinical illustrator is a professional artist with additional training in medicine and science who creates visual material to help record and disseminate medical, biological and related knowledge. Clinical illustrators not only produce this material but function as consultants and administrators within the field of bio-medical communication.

Where are we?

The Clinical Illustration Department is located in Zone C, Building C29, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton WV10 0QP. 

What type of work do we do?

We provide an extensive Clinical and Non-clinical Illustration service at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, also covering the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. Our emphasis is based around the patient experience, ensuring the patients’ visit to hospital is as informed as possible. We achieve this by producing up to date patient information leaflets, creating informative poster demonstrations to alert the public to any current issues within the hospital and generating the Trust newsletter, spreading information, good news and achievements of individuals and departments within the Trust. We aim to keep our users up-to-date with current activities within individual departments and the Trust as a whole.

Clinical illustrations, whether photographs or other illustration media, are used as an aid to diagnosis or a record of a patient’s condition. They can appear in:-

  • Patient records and other related clinical work
  • Medico-legal photography for solicitors and the police, these can be used as evidence in court cases or to support claims for compensation.
  • Medical textbooks,
  • Multi-media educational presentations
  • Medical advertisements,
  • Professional journals,
  • Instructional video tapes and films,
  • Computer-assisted learning programs,
  • Exhibits,
  • Lecture presentations,
  • Web design,
  • Learning resources,
  • General magazines
  • Programs for television.

A growing demand by patients to better understand their own bodies and the available medical options has expanded the need for clinical illustration. In addition, increased need for clinical illustrations and models to educate juries during courtroom presentations has expanded the medical-legal subspecialty of clinical illustration.

General Photography

The department provides a comprehensive non-clinical / PR photography and video service to the trust. This can include pictures for leaflets, posters and other Trust documents or publications. The photography team are also available to attend fund raising, publicity and other organisational events such as the Royal Awards, Trust Balls and Award Ceremonies.
All requests for non-clinical or general photography should be made via email to:

Reprographic and Educational Illustration 

A complete reprographic, illustration and multimedia design service is available. Most services offered by your local copy shop are available at the Clinical Illustration Department, anything from simple binding, copying and laminating, to the production of booklets, A0 size full colour posters, banners, stickers as well as vinyl printing and wrapping can be undertaken. Whatever your idea, we can help make it real.

Multimedia and Video

The department offers a complete video production service, from concept to distribution. No project is too large or small and we will work with you to produce the highest quality visuals to support you education, promotion, patient information or clinical research. All video is produced using state of the art HD equipment, the team are trained and accredited in using the latest professional editing software, the only limiting factor is your imagination.

Private Work

All clinical or reprographic services are available on a private chargeable basis, accounts can be raised to individuals, private practices or companies. Whether clinical or reprographic you can be assured of professional results at a competitive price. Please call to discuss your requirements.

Passport Photographs

Instant passport photographs are available during normal opening times