70 days until NHS70 - will you help us celebrate?

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Today marks 70 days until the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service.

With just over two months to go until our birthday we are preparing to mark the occasion here at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) – and we want you to help us.

Share your stories

We are keen to highlight some of the amazing achievements made at Southmead, Frenchay and Cossham hospitals, Bristol Centre for Enablement and other services that have been part of NBT’s history over the years.

Are you a former member of NBT staff, or did your relatives work here back at the foundation of the NHS? Are you one of several generations who have worked in our hospitals?

Were you the first person to undergo an innovative procedure under our care, or were you in the operating theatre when a surgeon carried out a world first?

Were you born at one of our hospitals around the same time as the NHS was born; are you also preparing to celebrate your 70th birthday this year?

Whatever your connection to the NHS or its 70th birthday, we are keen to hear your stories and experiences and see any memorabilia you have. You can contact us via NHS70@nbt.nhs.uk

We’ll also be asking for you to share what the NHS means to you, so watch out for more info on our social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook please find us, we’re on Twitter @NorthBristolNHS and Instagram too on north_bristol_nhs

We are looking for more photos from the last 70 years, like this one of a nurse in the 1960s

Lend us your memorabilia

For the birthday week we are planning to run a memorabilia display in the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital.

Do you have old photographs of our sites, staff or services you would be willing to share? Or do you have medical equipment, uniforms or any other kit from past decades? Please contact us via NHS70@nbt.nhs.uk.

Southmead Hospital Charity, which supports the services we run, also has lots planned to help us mark NHS70.

Raise £70 in 70 days

Could you raise £70 in 70 days between April 26 and July 5 to help Southmead Hospital Charity continue its work in funding specialist medical equipment and research, improving the hospital environment for patients and supporting staff wellbeing projects. 

This could be by popping £1 in your donation pot every day for 70 days, organising a cake sale or fancy dress day, or walking to work instead of taking the bus and donating your far.

You can raise money for the Southmead Hospital Charity Prostate Cancer Care Appeal or for any department, team, ward or unit close to your heart.


Southmead Hospital Charity will be joining people across the country in holding its own Big7tea party to enable people to share a cup of tea and their stories of what the NHS means to them.

Please join us on July 5 in the atrium of Southmead Hospital’s Brunel building for a cuppa and cake for a suggested donation.

Or if you’d like to host your own Big7tea at home, work, school or in your local community and raise money for Southmead Hosptial Charity please get in touch with the team for a free fundraising pack on hello@southmeadhospitalcharity.org.uk