Thursday, 12 July 2018
Celebrations involving staff, patients and members of the community were held at Springfield Hospital on 5 July 2018 to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
The Trust held two events designed to bring people together, so they could enjoy this historic moment, and celebrate all those who dedicate their time and effort to care for people who may be at their most vulnerable.
At lunch time, our staff, patients, volunteers and carers were treated to a barbecue celebration including our very own Great SWLSTG Bake Off Challenge!
Thirty-one cakes were submitted and judged on their creativity and deliciousness with the winners announced by the Mayor of Wandsworth and Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon.
The day also saw a range of other activities including a ‘couch to 5km’ fun run, interactive music sessions, information stalls, a cake sale and a penalty shootout – which raised money for the Trust charity. Wards also got involved by holding their own Big7Tea parties during the week.
In the evening, local MP, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan joined the Trust in welcoming our partners, stakeholders and the local community into our grounds. Celebrations continued with a number of activities including nature walks, historical tours of the hospital and grounds, information stalls and ‘sports day’ games for children.
David Bradley, Chief Executive of SWLSTG said: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who got involved and helped us mark this important milestone. More than 800 people joined us to celebrate throughout the course of the day with many more holding their own celebrations around the Trust.
“Delivering good care is all about taking pride in what we do in the NHS, and nothing should make us feel prouder about the NHS than celebrating its 70th birthday.”
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.
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