The National Health Service marked its 70th birthday in style this week, with people all over the country coming together to celebrate the UK’s proudest institution.
Shirley Higginbotham, head of corporate affairs and company secretary at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “It was fantastic to see so many celebrations happening across our three hospitals to mark the 70th birthday of our NHS, and inspiring to see so much pride and excitement amongst colleagues as they celebrated and reminisced.
“I think it’s safe to say we all had a wonderful day and I would like to thank staff for getting involved and making so much effort to make it as memorable as it was, not just for us but for our patients too.
“It is the staff and the vital role they play that has made the NHS and SFH what they are today.
“I would also like to thank our hospital charity and our volunteers for their generosity, hard work and support on the day, making many of the events possible.”
Representatives from Unison also commemorated the baby, donating a large teddy bear to the parents.
Youngsters in the hospital’s paediatric ward also celebrated the anniversary with a children’s party, featuring a magician, face painting, a balloon maker, pass the parcel and a cake, as well as several TV and film characters, including Marshall from Paw Patrol, Olaf from Frozen and Catboy, from PJ Masks.
Midwives were in a fundraising mood, collecting for the Chad-backed scanner appeal with a Call The Midwife theme.
They dressed in 1950s uniforms, played music of the era, and had games such as guess the weight of the baby as part of their fundraiser.
The hospital building was also lit up blue for the anniversary, keeping the blue tower illuminated to symbolise the logo of the health service.