York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust kicked off the NHS70 celebrations at the start of the year with a campaign to collect 70 faces of the NHS and showcase them on social media and on the Trust’s website. The campaign has proved popular on Facebook with a regular interaction from colleagues, friends and patients and has prompted interest from the local media.
A call to the public for their stories of the NHS resulted in emails (and even letters!) from residents across the region coming forth with their experiences as staff and patients. We heard from staff about their family history in the NHS - Maria who came from Italy over 50 years ago with barely any English and worked as a cleaner at York Hospital whose granddaughter works now works there, Cynthia’s vivid description of the life of a radiographer back in 1948, and current nurses who were now third generation in their family. Patients have contacted the Trust describing how they wouldn’t be here now without the NHS, particularly the tale of three year old Polly who survived a catastrophic heart incident and whose grateful grandmother claims ‘if one aspect of the NHS had failed her that early morning and for next few weeks she would not be with us.’
York Hospital will light up blue for the whole week as staff celebrate with around 20 7Tea parties across the Trust. There is an abundance of media activity planned across the area including BBC Look North, who will feature St Monica’s, the regions smallest hospital and BBC Radio York will be broadcasting live from York Hospital on the day - featuring interviews with staff. The inevitable selfie frame will be on tour to help staff celebrate!
York Teaching Hospital Charity will be hosting a SparklingSevenTea party on the day at the Hospitium, York. Guests will be treated to a sparkling welcome drink and classic afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings of the Hospitium, Museum Gardens.
On Saturday 7 July Bridlington Hospital will be celebrating its 30th birthday, as well as NHS70, and to help celebrate the hospital doors will be thrown open to friends, families and visitors to showcase the great work of the hospital - both past and present. Visitors will be able to visit Yorkshire’s flagship mobile chemotherapy unit , drop in on the wards, take a unique behind the scenes tour of the hospital facilities, food taste in the canteen… and much, more! For the younger ones there is a unique opportunity to jump on board visiting emergency response vehicles - from an ambulance, fire engine, police car to a coastguard vehicle. They can also have their face painted, call in at the outpatients department to have a plaster cast and even watch our surgeons hard at work as they perform ‘operations’ in the theatres!
On the same day, Selby Hospital will also be hosting a free-to-all summer fayre. Planned between 1.00pm-4.00pm, friends, family and colleagues are invited to help Selby Hospital celebrate 70 years of the NHS. There will be plenty of fun for the family as stalls, bouncy castles, food and much more will be there to enjoy throughout the day.
We will be rounding off the year with 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. This year there will be a special reading from the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.