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NHS 70 stories - Move Maker Geoff born in the same year as the NHS

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Geoff Smith was another 1948 baby and like the NHS has celebrated his 70th birthday this year. He is one of the Move Makers at Southmead Hospital – having joined as a volunteer when the new hospital opened in 2014...Read more

NHS 70 stories - Rachel followed her mum into working in imaging at Southmead Hospital

Monday, 25 June 2018

Karen Collins has seen many changes since she started her nurse training at Frenchay in 1981 – including her daughter Rachel joining her at work in Southmead Hospital. Apart from taking time out to have her children between 1988 and...Read more

NHS 70 stories - Tim's proud to be sharing his 70th with the NHS

Friday, 22 June 2018

Tim Pearce has always been aware that he shares his birth year with the NHS and is proud of his connection with the National Health Service. He is now a volunteer Move Maker at Southmead Hospital, having agreed to take...Read more

NHS 70 stories - Cindy's spent much of her life supporting Frenchay and Southmead

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Cindy Box is a currently a volunteer at Southmead Hospital but her connection with North Bristol NHS Trust and other Bristol hospitals has lasted for most of her life. Here Cindy shares some of her memories: When I was 15,...Read more

NHS 70 stories - Margaret was born into the new NHS

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Just 10 days after the National Health Service came into being Margaret Wilkes was born in Bristol. Her arrival into the new NHS was captured on camera by a press photographer who happened to live next door to Margaret’s family...Read more

NHS 70 stories - Stopgap turns into 40 year NHS career

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

When Portia Chorlton started working in neurophysiology she didn’t intend it as a career, but 40 years later she is still here and not ready to retire completely just yet. Portia was brought up around the complex world of neurophysiology...Read more

NHS 70 stories - how Claire's nursing career took a turn into writing books

Monday, 18 June 2018

Claire Boyd's first work on the wards of Frenchay and Southmead hospitals was as an agency nursing auxiliary in the 1980s. At the time Claire and her husband fostered children and she was able to fit shifts around that at...Read more

Volunteers honoured with celebratory tea party

Friday, 15 June 2018

Volunteers were honoured with a celebratory tea party to thank them for their support to patients, staff and visitors at North Bristol NHS Trust. There are 500 volunteers supporting health services in a host of roles ranging from patient befrienders...Read more

NHS 70 stories - working at Southmead is a family affair for Elaine, Emma and Shantelle

Friday, 15 June 2018

For Elaine Woodman working at Southmead Hospital has become something of a family affair – as her daughter and granddaughter also work at the hospital. Elaine first joined the organisation in the 1980s as a domestic and has worked in...Read more

NHS 70 stories - Sheena's Southmead memories

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Sheena Taylor is a staff nurse in the Chemotherapy Suite in Medical Day Care. She first joined Southmead in 1972 when she started her nurse training at the hospital. Here are some of her memories of the last 46 years:...Read more