Hospital celebrates NHS 70
It’s no ordinary birthday and so staff at Airedale Hospital have been taking part in a week of celebrations, culminating today as the NHS turns 70.
Since its formation on 5 July 1948, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world and so the Trust wanted to thank staff and show their pride at being part of such a fantastic institution.
At the centre of the celebrations was a birthday garden party for staff along with a special NHS themed Bake-off where staff got creative with their NHS-inspired cakes and Asda in Keighley provided a treat for staff with scones, jam and cream and the trust staff lottery provided savoury nibbles and fruit.
The Airedale NHS choir provided the music with songs including ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Fix You’ and the ‘All Together Now’ community choir entertained staff and visitors throughout the day in the restaurant.
Staff across the hospital held their own celebrations for patients including a tea party on the maternity ward with a wall of photos of babies born since the hospital opened and staff in the Emergency Department hosted a drop in tea party to raise money for the Friends of Airedale.
In the evening celebrated local historian Ian Dewhirst gave a talk on Keighley hospital history to a packed theatre of 100 people. Patients and visitors could also step back in time with a historical display including a Keighley News report from the day the hospital opened, showing ambulances queuing to drop off the patients on the newly opened wards.
Four members of staff were specially chosen from the Annual Pride of Airedale award winners to attend special services for NHS staff held in York and Westminster, to commemorate 70 years to the day that Aneurin Bevan, then the health secretary, launched the NHS at Park hospital, Manchester (now Trafford General Hospital).
Noel McEvoy, Lead Nurse for Safeguarding, travelled to London to represent the trust at a special event with the Prime Minister in the garden at Downing Street on Wednesday evening.
The trust has featured on local TV as theatre staff were chosen to take part in a documentary for Calendar News showing a day in their life which was aired this week.
Matron Anne Paget, Learning Facilitator Nadia Hussain and volunteer Ena Senior were also in front of the camera as they part in a Look North feature on the NHS constitution which was broadcast on the birthday.
Children were also invited to mark the occasion by taking part in an art competition, and winners were chosen from over a 100 entries by staff at the tea party. The winning entries will be turned into canvas prints and put on permanent display in the hospital.