Staff and patients across North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust marked the 70 birthday of the NHS with a programme of celebrations last week.
The celebrations kicked off with the unveiling of a special time capsule at: Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals. Items donated by various departments have been sealed in the engraved capsule as a way of showcasing life in the NHS present day. It’s hoped that the contents will be uncovered by the future generation of healthcare workers when it’s re-opened in 2088. Items include: a vial of Ferinject (IV iron) and Transexanic acid used to reduce the need for blood transfusions, a hearing aid from audiology and a letter from current CEO, Stephen Graves about his hopes for the future of the NHS.
The unveiling was followed by a service of thanksgiving in the Chapel to pay tribute to the hard work of staff and volunteers across the Trust, and remember those who have cared for the local community over the past seven decades.
The festivities continued on Thursday 5 July and staff, patients and visitors were invited to a ‘street party’ at Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals where guests enjoyed birthday cake and were able to leave a personal message in the hospital’s guestbook. Stamford Hospital held a special community event for past and present staff members where they could reminisce over a cup of tea and piece of cake.
There was something for everyone including the new arrivals on the maternity unit, who each received a unique NHS 70 teddy bear to commemorate the special day.
Stephen Graves, Chief Executive of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was excellent to see so many members of staff, patients and visitors coming together to celebrate one of the country’s most beloved institutions. I am proud to work beside all of the staff and volunteers that continue to go above and beyond every day to keep our hospitals and services running for the benefit of our local population."
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