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Trust staff celebrate 70 years of the NHS

Staff from The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust basked in the events of the NHS’ 70th birthday on 5 July.

The celebrations at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital involved music, cake and staff sharing why they love our NHS at a picnic on the lake in the sunshine.

A ceremonial NHS70 flag was raised outside the hospital with a blessing from the hospital’s Assistant Chaplain, Duncan Ridgeon, and student nurses from Bournemouth University.

BBC South Today spent the day filming to showcase the work of teams on the front line and working behind the scenes to serve some 391,000 patients each year.

At Christchurch Hospital, current and retired staff came together to sing Happy Birthday and reminisce about how the services and buildings have changed at a picnic in the Day Hospital garden.

Meanwhile Chief Executive, Tony Spotswood, along with Rosemary Mead who manages the Dorset Prosthetic Centre, and Sharon Murawski, the Trust’s Health Records Manager, attended NHS England’s NHS70 ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The event included talks from a retired nurse who worked in healthcare before the NHS and a survivor of the Manchester bombing, as well as presentations from Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England.

Chief Executive of RBCH, Tony Spotswood, said: “We’ve been building up to this celebration since the start of the year and the festivities on 5 July have given us an opportunity to look at what we’ve achieved in the last 70 years. I’m so incredibly proud of our National Health Service and the services we provide here in Dorset. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who works so hard to make the NHS what is it today – it’s the inspirational people who make it a service to be proud of.”

The Trust is asking people to share why they love our NHS on Twitter, using the hashtag #Lovedsince1948. Do get involved if you’d like to share how the NHS has changed your life.

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