Celebrating the NHS turning 75

NHS 75 To help celebrate the NHS turning 75 this week, we are shining a spotlight on the work of some of our NHS heroes across Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) as well as remembering key milestones for the Trust, including when King Charles was a patient at the Queen’s Medical Centre and celebrating 45 years of clinical genetics at NUH.    

Here you can find the latest news and stories relating to our celebrations as we begin a week of recognising 75 years of the National Health Service.  

At NUH, the 75th anniversary provides the opportunity to reflect on past achievements and recognise where we are today whilst looking ahead to the future, with our People First report helping to set the direction for the Trust to reflect on what is needed.  

We will also be reflecting on the huge achievements of the NHS as a whole such as treating over a million people a day in England and the fact that the NHS touches all of our lives.  

When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system to be available to all, free at the point of delivery.  

From the world’s first CT scan on a patient in 1971, revolutionising the way doctors examine the body, to the world’s first test-tube baby born in 1978, the NHS has delivered huge medical advances. 

Below are some NUH NHS stories which we hope you will enjoy to celebrate this huge milestone.  

Celebrating the NHS turning 75

Fifty years of volunteering at NUH

Meet Bow Heath, our longest serving volunteer at NUH, who supports our specialist stoma nurses by helping with the day to day running of the stoma clinic at the City Hospital. Find out more about Bow here. 

Celebrating fifty years of NHS service at NUH

June Belshaw, 75, first started working at the Trust back in 1973. Her first role was in the operating theatre at the age of 25. She has now worked in the NHS for fifty years and has been given a special award. Learn more about June’s NHS career here.

Royal visits to remember as King Charles was “the ideal patient”

Prince Charles broke his elbow in a polo match in 1990. After a three-hour operation, Charles was cared for in a normal side room on ward D9 with a small bay occupied by his security team and personal assistants throughout his week-long stay. Charles brought his own chefs as he didn’t want to cause any unnecessary work for catering staff. Despite this, he was curious to sample the food. Find out more here.

Unlocking the benefits of genetic testing at NUH

We are celebrating more than 45 years of clinical genetics at NUH, from its humble beginnings in 1977, the service now has more than 30 clinical staff and supports over 5000 patients each year through genetic testing. Find out more here. 

“NHS saved me from living in a silent world”

A man who can hear thanks to a cochlear implant has praised the NHS for saving him from living in a silent world. The implant took place at Queen’s Medical Centre and the device was switched on a month later at Ropewalk House, a nationally recognised centre for auditory implantation. Patient, Ian Milner said: “It has given me a new lease of life – the improvements have been mind-blowing! And I want to let everyone know how fantastic it is.” Find out more here.

The Future of Our Hospitals

As the NHS celebrates its 75th birthday, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is taking the opportunity to look ahead to what developments and technological advances our patients could expect from our hospitals in the future. Find out more here. 

Celebrating leading the way in pioneering treatments

Research carried out by our staff has helped patients receive life-saving treatments during the Covid-19 crisis and treat serious diseases including liver disease, while Nottingham has led the way by pioneering magnetic resonance imaging. In terms of NUH’s contribution to clinical research over the last 75 years, there is plenty to celebrate. Find out more here. 

Murals to mark 75th anniversary of NHS

Staff, patients and volunteers in Nottingham have a starring role in three murals that have been commissioned to commemorate the 75th anniversary. Funded by the Medical Staff Committee (MSC) the murals will be installed at QMC and City Hospital over the summer. Find out more here. 

Windrush & the NHS 75 years on: a new generation of nurses & midwives

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving in England. The National Health Service was founded less than a month later, and these landmarks in UK history saw the Windrush generation becoming the backbone of our NHS. To mark this shared anniversary, a Nottingham nurse has told of the impact the Windrush Leadership programme has had on him – both professionally and personally – and urged colleagues to sign up. Find out more here.  

24 Hours in A&E returns to screens to celebrate 75 years of the NHS

To help round off our NHS75 celebrations, Channel 4’s hit fly-on-the-wall documentary series, 24 Hours in A&E, will return to our screens on Monday 10 July at 9pm to help mark 75 years of the NHS. Four new episodes from Series 1, filmed at the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in 2021, will be broadcast throughout the NHS birthday month of July. Find out more here.  

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