Help us celebrate 70 years of the NHS

Friday, 23 March 2018

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service and with just a few months to go until our birthday we are gearing up at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) to mark the occasion.
The NHS came into existence on July 5 1948 and in the seven decades since it was founded hundreds of millions of people have benefited from its services.
At NBT we are going full steam ahead towards our big birthday and we want you to help us celebrate.

We are working with our staff on our plans for the 70th anniversary and will be keeping you updated - but there are ways you can help us right now.

Princess Anne at Southmead Hospital

We are keen to mark this landmark anniversary by highlighting 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.

Do you have a family connection to our services? Did relatives work here back at the foundation of the NHS, or are you one of several generations who have had a connection with 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 old photographs, medical equipment from way back when, or anything else you might have.

You can also get involved by nominating our staff for some of the awards that are being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

X-ray in Casualty from around 1952

BBC’s The One Show has joined forces with the Patients Association to launch its awards to say thank you to NHS staff and volunteers who have gone the extra mile, you can nominate our staff for awards via this link.

These nominations close on April 5.

The Mirror and ITV have also launched their NHS Heroes awards with categories ranging from Emergency Lifesaver to Unsung Hero, Fundraising Hero to Lifetime Achievement.

These awards close on Monday (March 26), so there is not long, but if you think your nurse, doctor, therapist or one of our volunteers deserves this recognition please nominate them via this link.

And to mark the link between the NHS’ landmark anniversary and the 70 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush in the UK, awards have been launched to celebrate the health service’s diverse workforce.
Some of the passengers who arrived in the UK from the West Indies on the Windrush, two weeks before the NHS was launched, went on to work in the service and since its inception the NHS has enjoyed a wonderfully diverse workforce, and the Windrush 70 Awards mark this link.

To make a nomination visit the awards website  - nominations close on April 13. 

Princess Diana opening Elgar House in 1991

Whether you want to nominate someone who works or volunteers at NBT or you’re keen to share your memories, photos or stories we want to hear from you.

We can be contacted via NHS70@nbt.nhs.uk