NHS70: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

This year the NHS turns 70. How will you be marking the occasion?

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The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

What’s Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group doing to celebrate?

We’re asking our staff to share their memories of when they first started working in the NHS, from very recent employees to nurses and other clinicians who joined the profession in the 70s and now work to ensure the people of Thurrock receive the best possible healthcare available. If you have a story to tell, do get in touch with us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to share your memories. The first two staff memories are shared below.

The early NHS – through the stories of former staff

They helped to make the NHS what it is today. Since its creation, Ethel, Edith, Joyce, Cecilia and Peter have seen our health service change and improve. Now, they share their memories with us in a short YouTube video:

Mandy's NHS story

Our Accountable Officer trained in the 1970s as a Physiotherapist, you can see here below how glamourous students were!

 Mandy highlighted in class photo 2

Read Mandy’s interview here: Mandy's NHS story

Jane's NHS story

Jane Foster-Taylor, our Chief Nurse began her training in the 1980s. Working in hospitals and in the community, you can see her picture below.

Jane FT as a student midwife 1986

Read Jane’s interview here: Jane's NHS story

Celebrate at our Big7Tea!

Join us for our Big7Tea on 12 July at Community House, Seabrooke Rise, Grays from 10am to 12pm.

Share memories of the NHS and find out what's available in Thurrock. There will be refreshments and of course cake! A chance to test your health and hear what's next for the NHS in Thurrock.

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