Happy 70th birthday NHS
On Thursday 5 July the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday and the Trust joined the celebrations with a number of events and activities taking place across our sites throughout the week and on the day.
York Hospital lit up blue for the whole week and staff celebrated with around 20 7Tea parties across the Trust in support of York Teaching Hospital Charity. BBC Look North filmed at St Monica’s, the region’s smallest hospital, and BBC Radio York broadcasted their breakfast show from York Hospital on the day, featuring interviews with staff and patients. York Hospital Radio interviewed staff about their roles and covered York Teaching Hospital Charity’s Sparkling SevenTea party at the Hospitium in York.
On Saturday 7 July Bridlington Hospital celebrated its 30th birthday, as well as NHS70, giving visitors the chance to look behind the scenes. On the same day, Selby Hospital held an Open Day for the local community which raised over £2,000. And the inevitable selfie frame went on tour to help people celebrate.
Our Celebration of Achievement event will continue the NHS70 theme and we will be rounding off the year at our annual York Minster NHS Carol Service, a unique opportunity for NHS staff, past and present, to gather to take time out from their busy duties to give thanks and rejoice.
Scarborough babies welcomed with gifts
New babies born at Scarborough Hospital’s maternity unit were welcomed into the world with gifts and a party on the 70th birthday of the NHS.
Staff both past and present, along with patients and visitors, enjoyed tea and cake and the new babies were presented with goody bag with gifts of a heart shaped keepsake, a hand knitted cardigan and baby suit.
Debbie Hollingsworth, sister on Hawthorne Ward, said: “We’ve all had a wonderful time celebrating this special birthday for the NHS. Staff from all roles right across maternity services joined in the fun with colleagues new and old. Thanks to all our staff for their cake baking but most of all for the support from the local community.
“A big thank you to Scarborough Football Club for providing special commemorative baby suits for our newly born Scarborough babies, and to Andrea Willis and our local knitters for their gifts.”
York maternity welcomes NHS70 ‘baby’
Head of Maternity, Liz Ross, along with staff from the maternity unit, gave one local woman a very special birthday on 5 July. The team welcomed Jennifer Walker, who was born at York Maternity Hospital exactly 70 years before, to help celebrate her birthday with the NHS.
Jennifer relates the story of her mum being in hospital a week before she was born when she had to pay – much to her displeasure - and the week after when she didn’t!
Two lucky staff members joined the special service at Westminster Abbey after their names were picked at random. Sally Broad, Operational Manager Cytology and Sharon Rhodes, Healthcare Assistant, were chosen following a call in May for people to put their name forward.
A number of staff attended the choral service at York Minster, hosted by Linda Nolan with an introduction by Jeremy Hunt.
Nurses revisit their past
In the same week, seven of our former nurses paid a visit to York Hospital. Each of the nurses started their careers 40 years ago at the hospital and spent the day touring the site and reminiscing about their careers.