Grazia makes four NHS frontline workers front page stars

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by Charlie Spargo

Grazia has today published its NHS-dedicated issue, with four separate split covers featuring NHS frontline staff as a way of saying thank you to the medical specialists working throughout the pandemic.

Anaesthetist and intensive care doctor at Whittington Hospital Dr Janitha Gowribalan; A&E doctor and MP for Tooting Dr Rosena Allin-Khan; Essex paramedic Sarah Blanchard; and senior staff nurse at King's College Hospital Richenda Browne are the four women taking centre stage on the cover of the Bauer-owned magazine.

Grazia chose to photograph four frontline NHS workers inside NHS car-parks - making sure to maintain social distancing - for four split front covers and images for its editorial feature, released today. The feature is titled 'From the Frontline'. For the central piece, Deputy Features Editor Anna Silverman interviewed each worker, asking about their new reality working through the coronavirus crisis.

What's more, this edition of the magazine will be free for NHS workers to download digitally, and available on newstands today.

Hattie Brett, Editor of Grazia, said: “Some extraordinary things are emerging from this crisis. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who stood on my doorstep last week sobbing as my entire street clapped for the carers who are working tirelessly to fight coronavirus. Undoubtedly there are many heroes that have emerged over the last few weeks - from delivery drivers and supermarket workers to teachers keeping classrooms open.

"But those on the frontline, most exposed to the virus, are the NHS workers. They’re going above and beyond to battle the physical and emotional effects of COVID-19 - risking their own lives to help us all. We owe them all enormous gratitude; and this week’s issue of Grazia is our attempt to say thank you to the NHS and let their workers send a clear message to us all.

"The cover shoot was like none I’ve ever worked on; shot in a matter of minutes in the car parks of NHS hospitals, maintaining social distancing, before Dr Janitha Gowribalan, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, paramedic Sarah Blanchard and nurse Richenda Browne went back to their day jobs - saving lives.”

Lauren Hollyoake, Publisher of Grazia, added: “Like many across the country, we at Grazia feel huge gratitude to the many thousands of NHS workers putting themselves at risk on the frontline. We felt compelled to put a spotlight on some of these heroes in order to share their stories with our readers and highlight their incredible efforts. The team have created a powerful issue - all done with each individual member working from their own home. An outstanding feat. Grazia will continue to create relevant first-class content and adapt in order to connect with the changing lives of our audience in the coming weeks and months.”