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NHS 70th birthday - Thursday 5 July 2018

Thursday 5 July 2018 was the 70th birthday of the NHS, and we joined 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 have been used.

Search for #OUHNHS70 to see posts from the day on social media.

You can also read about the day in our News section:

NHS 70th birthday celebrated in style

Updated 9 July 2018

NHS Big7Tea

Big7Tea cup and saucer logo

We held NHS Big7Tea events on all four of our main hospital sites on Thursday 5 July, and an NHS Big7Tea event for Trust staff based at OUH Cowley. Special guests were invited to cut our NHS70 celebratory cakes.

Horton staff were also invited to attend a special lunch event on the Horton site.

BBC Radio Oxford 'Tree of Life'

To celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, BBC Radio Oxford collected messages of thanks on a giant 'Tree of Life' sculpture to show how much the public appreciates everyone who keeps the NHS alive.

The tree was on display in the main entrance of the John Radcliffe Hospital on the 70th birthday of the NHS and patients, visitors and members of the public were encouraged to add their messages to the tree.

Video - slide show from the day

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 is on display 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 is 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 was broadcast on both BBC1 regionally and BBC2 nationally in the run-up to the 70th birthday of the NHS.

Watch 'How the NHS changed our world: the John Radcliffe' on BBC iPlayer

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

NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) events

The BRC, which is hosted by Oxford University Hospitals, organised 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.

Oxfordshire NHS Retirement Fellowship charity walk

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

The walk started from the John Radcliffe Hospital and took in the Warneford, Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

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

Events on wards and in departments

Many staff members held their own celebrations in their departments on the big day - you can see pictures on Facebook and Twitter: #OUHNHS70

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 was represented by John Drew (Director of Improvement and Culture) 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).

Michelle and Ariel join national celebration at Westminster Abbey