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NHS 70th birthday - Thursday 5 July 2018

Thursday 5 July 2018 is the 70th birthday of the NHS and you are invited to come and join in the celebrations at Oxford University Hospitals.

Thank you to Oxford Hospitals Charity for generously supporting our NHS 70th birthday celebrations from staff lottery funding - thanks to their support, no NHS funds will be used.

NHS Big7Tea

Big7Tea cup and saucer logo

We will be holding NHS Big7Tea events on all four of our main hospital sites on Thursday 5 July.

Come and join us for strawberries and cream - and a cup of tea of course!


10.30am - 11.30am and 3.00pm - 4.00pm at the following locations.

There will also be an NHS Big7Tea event for Trust staff based at OUH Cowley, Levels 1 to 3 from 12 noon - 2.00pm.


12 noon - 2.00pm

Restaurant, Horton General Hospital

NHS 70th birthday cake cutting

No birthday party is complete without a cake and so we will be cutting special NHS70 celebratory cakes.


11.00am on Thursday 5 July at the following locations.



Main entrance, Horton General Hospital

BBC Radio Oxford 'Tree of Life'

To celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, BBC Radio Oxford is collecting messages of thanks which will be used to create a giant 'Tree of Life' sculpture to show how much the public appreciates everyone who keeps the NHS alive.

People from across Oxfordshire have been invited to think about who they'd like to thank and why - maybe a GP for looking after their family, or the nurse who held a hand during a blood test. From the friendly porter who made a difference to a hospital stay to the receptionist who made a cup of tea when things were all too much, the NHS is full of dedicated, hardworking staff and BBC Radio Oxford wants to show them how much the public appreciates what they do, day in, day out.

Come along and see all the heartfelt messages and add your own when the tree goes on display in the main entrance of the John Radcliffe Hospital between 7.30am and 5.00pm on the 70th birthday of the NHS on Thursday 5 July.

Photography exhibition

We have dug deep into the archives to find images which illustrate the changing face of the NHS in Oxfordshire over the last 70 years. The resulting photography exhibition will be on display from Monday 2 July on all four of our hospital sites at the following locations.



Corridor from main reception to the restaurant (near the chapel), Horton General Hospital

Threads in Time

The photography exhibition on South Street corridor at the Churchill Hospital from Monday 2 July will be augmented by 'Threads in Time', a beautiful piece of embroidery-based textile art which has been specially created to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

The artist, June Simms, charts her own personal history of working as a nurse in the NHS in the 1950s, including her days as a theatre nurse at the Churchill.

BBC TV documentary 'How the NHS changed our world'

The rich history of the John Radcliffe Hospital and the Radcliffe Infirmary - and the pioneering surgery which continues to transform the lives of patients in today's NHS - are explored in this fascinating 30-minute documentary.

It is due to be broadcast on both BBC1 regionally and BBC2 nationally in the run-up to the 70th birthday of the NHS:

  • BBC1 (South region only) Wednesday 20 June 7.00pm
  • BBC2 (national) Thursday 28 June 7.00pm

We are grateful to the BBC for agreeing that we can hold special screenings of the documentary on Thursday 5 July as part of our 70th birthday celebrations.

Screenings will be held in Lecture Theatre 2, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital at 8.00am, 12 noon, 1.00pm and 3.00pm. No need to book in advance.

NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) events

The BRC, which is hosted by Oxford University Hospitals, is organising a number of events during the week of the NHS' 70th birthday including behind-the-scenes tours of research facilities and a public talk by BRC Director, Professor Keith Channon. See below for full details.

Public talk

Professor Keith Channon, Director of NIHR Oxford BRC and Director of Research & Development, Oxford University Hospitals, will be looking at the importance of Oxford in the history of medical research and how this has benefited the NHS.

Monday 2 July 6.30pm
Lecture Theatre 1, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital

All welcome, no need to book a place in advance.

Behind-the-scenes tours

Oxfordshire NHS Retirement Fellowship charity walk

A group of former NHS staff is marking the 70th birthday of the NHS with a walk between four major hospitals in Oxford on Thursday 5 July from 11.30am.

The walk will start from the John Radcliffe Hospital and take in the Warneford, Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

Current members of NHS staff, students and members of the public are welcome to join them on part or all of the route.

The walk is raising funds for Oxford Hospitals Charity, for projects that support staff wellbeing.

To find out more or join them please email:

Event for Horton General Hospital staff

All staff who work at the Horton are invited to attend a special lunch event on site on Thursday 5 July - details have been circulated to Horton staff.

Events on wards and in departments

Staff wishing to hold their own events on wards and in departments on Thursday 5 July can get a fundraising pack from Oxford Hospitals Charity:

National celebration of thanks

Alongside every other NHS trust, we were allocated tickets for a national celebration of thanks for the NHS at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 5 July.

The Trust will be represented by Chief Executive Dr Bruno Holthof and two nurses - Ariel Lanada (Practice Development and Education Lead based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford) and Michelle Brock (Matron of the Emergency Department at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury).

Find out more

More information about what is happening nationally to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS is available at