This year, the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday.
The actual anniversary date is Thursday 5 July 2018.
A lot has changed since 1948, from the first mass vaccination programmes of the 1950s and the birth of district hospitals in the 1960s, to today’s sophisticated technology, increased care in the community and the development of coordinated care across organisational boundaries.
However, what hasn’t changed over the past 70 years is the principle of delivering the very best physical and mental health care, free at the point of use, which meets everyone's needs.
This is why our NHS is so beloved by so many.
So how can I help celebrate the NHS' 70th?
The 70th birthday of the NHS provides us with the opportunity to remind you of all the ways in which you can support your local health care services – from joining us as a member of staff or volunteering for our Trust, to becoming a member of Southern Health, to fundraising or joining our League of Friends.
Click on the links below to find out more:
In addition, with NHS colleagues, we will be commemorating the 70th birthday with a special NHS Service at Winchester Cathedral on Thursday 5 July (from 5.30pm) for NHS staff and patients (past and present) living in the Winchester diocese. See invitation below...we hope to see you there!
We are also encouraging people to share any historic photos and stories of the Trust and local NHS services that they may have. We can then share these more widely on social media in the lead up to 5 July 2018. If you would like to share a story or photo, please email us.
Finally, as a Trust, we are celebrating the 70th birthday with a traditional game of PASS THE PARCEL – with a twist!
So join us and watch our staff as they help us to countdown to the big day. First to play is learning disability speech and language therapist Rosie Batty, who tells us about a particularly memorable patient she worked with...