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Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

NHS70 film still

People shaping the health and social care services of the future for 800,000 patients from Farnham to Slough are tomorrow/today (Thursday, July 5) celebrating the NHS’ 70th birthday.

The Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) brings together 30 different organisations to provide joined-up services to 800,000 people.

It is one of the latest steps in a long journey that began when the NHS’ creator, Health Minister Aneurin Bevan, walked into Park Hospital in Manchester on July 5, 1948 to launch the ambitious project.

Today a special short film has been released, produced by NHS England, with the support of Sainsbury’s, to support the NHS ‘Big 7Tea’ celebration. The film features staff from across the Frimley Health and Care ICS, including from Wexham Park Hospital, in Slough, Frimley Park Hospital, in Frimley, Surrey, and from Surrey’s social care team. Public volunteers also took part, as did a local GP and some of the area’s new paramedic practitioners.

Sir Andrew Morris, who leads the ICS, said: “Everyone in this country has a reason to love the NHS. This film celebrates the community spirit that surrounds the NHS to thank all the staff and volunteers for their continued hard work that helps save lives and create healthier communities.

“The NHS performs outstanding work every single day and we should all feel very proud to have such an incredible and hardworking workforce pioneering the best health and care outcomes for people. We are delighted that Sainsbury’s have supported the making of this film, working with our staff and volunteers, helping us celebrate a landmark achievement for our country – the 70th birthday of our NHS.”

The Frimley Health and Care ICS spans three counties: Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, and three NHS Clinical Commissioning Group areas: North East Hampshire and Farnham, Surrey Heath and East Berkshire. It is served by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

You can watch the film below.

Frimley Health and Care