Celebrating the 73rd birthday of the NHS – it’s been a year like no other

Posted on Thu, 01/07/2021

Thank you Gateshead

Its 73 years of the NHS on July 5, having experienced the most extremely challenging year to date and the country as a whole, but also a year of hope.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals have cared for around 400,000 seriously ill Covid patients, including more than 100,000 admitted in January alone, along with millions more besides.

Gateshead’s NHS health and social care have worked together to support the biggest vaccination programme in our history.

The NHS could not have achieved all this without the skill and dedication of our people, along with the support of thousands of returners, volunteers, other keyworkers and, of course, the public who played their part by following the social distancing rules.

Jackie Bilcliff, acting CEO said: “The NHS’ 73rd birthday offers us all a chance to say a big thank you to you all.

“Without you and your support, we could never have achieved what we have over the past year. While marking all that the NHS has achieved, we will also remember those who have lost their lives to Covid.”

On Sunday 4 July there will be a national day of thanks and recognition to celebrate the incredible work of our NHS staff, as well as all key workers and others in our communities who have helped us through this challenging year. 

On the 5th July, QE Gateshead will join the NHS Tea Break. It’s a chance for communities to come together for a national outpouring of love to thank NHS staff and each other for the huge role they have played over the last year.

At 3pm, please stop to show your gratitude to every clinician, nurse, support worker, hospital porter and paramedic who’s put themselves on the line this year to keep us and our loved ones safe.

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