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.
“I’m one of the originals!” he said.
“I’d never done volunteering before but I’d become a member of the NHS Trust and received an email about them wanting volunteers to help assist with the moving, helping people around the building.
“When I was first shown around the building there wasn’t a stitck of furniture.”
The Move Makers were originally due to help out for the first few weeks after the Brunel building opened but it became apparent that they were invaluable in supporting patients, staff and visitors so they were kept on and Geoff agreed to continue volunteering.
“It’s great, you go home feeling that you have helped somebody,” he said.
Geoff said he was fortunate enough not to need much support from the NHS when he was growing up so was not particularly aware of its launch coinciding with his birth year.
“We were healthy kids so I was aware of the GP but the fact he was or wasn’t a member of the NHS wasn’t anything to do with it,” he said.
“I suppose the NHS has always been there but for me it’s been more of a gradual awareness,” he said.
“I’m glad that we have the NHS.”