NHS at 70

The National Health Service turned 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 for us, day in, day out.

To mark the occasion we are telling the NHS stories of people across the area who are also turning 70 this year.

We have been listening to people across Coastal West Sussex about how the NHS has touched their lives and the difference it has made.

People have told us how the NHS has helped them to have a family, looked after their loved ones when they were sick, and helped them to live as happily and healthily as possible.

  • Gavin’s story - hear from Gavin about why 5 July is such a special day for him.
  • Jennifer's story - hear from Jennifer about changes in the NHS that led to a really positive experience.
  • Marilyn's story - hear why Marilyn can’t imagine not having the NHS.
  • Sylvia's story - hear why Sylvia thinks prevention and health screening is so important.
  • Norman's story - Norman shares his early memories of the NHS.
  • Chris's story - Chris shares her NHS experiences on both mental and physical health.
  • Les's story - hear how the NHS's reputation reaches across the world.
  • Pat's story - hear why you shouldn't grab a doctor in a hurry.
  • NHS at 70: patient stories - 11 minute collection of highlights from our patient stories, shown at our 2018 annual general meeting.

Local celebrations

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating by highlighting the contribution of staff and volunteers and recognising just how far their services have come since 1948 in a series of "then and now posters" and social media posts. Follow the @westernsussex Twitter account or like the trust’s Facebook page to join in, share your own thoughts, memories and comments.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is also celebrating their NHS 70 superstars by telling stories about their staff and why the NHS at 70 is important to them; including physiotherapists, community nurses, and community hospital teams.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been sharing 70 stories to mark 70 years of the NHS. They have asked 70 service users, carers and staff members to reflect upon the NHS and why it means so much to them.