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The NHS is 70 this year - and we're looking for your stories about this great British institution

NHS 70THE NHS turning 70 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to look at the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information, and to thank the extraordinary NHS staff - the everyday heroes - who are always there to greet, advise, and care for us.

To commemorate this significant anniversary, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is seeking stories and memories from patients, workers, volunteers and the public.  Can you remember the beginnings of the NHS? Have you been a porter, a radiographer, a surgeon, a cleaner or held any other post in the NHS?  Do you have a long term medical condition treated by the NHS? Or perhaps you were the first baby born in one of our hospitals under the NHS?  Whatever your story, the Trust is keen to collect it.

Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust explained: “Everyone has a story about how the NHS changed their lives.  Those stories need to be told, need to be captured and celebrated.  I can think of no better way of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS than bearing testimony to the people that have contributed and benefited from this wonderful national institution.”

Patrick added: “The 70th anniversary of the NHS in 2018 is a perfect opportunity to celebrate its past and reflect on its present and future.”

To get in touch and share your story, please email

You can also follow the Trust throughout the year as we share an inspiring collection of photographs and stories from our staff, and what working for the NHS means to them.  You can follow the project on Twitter, Facebook or the Trust’s website by searching for #facesoftheNHS.

14 February 2018

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