Royal Free London parties like it’s 1948!
Staff, patients, volunteers and visitors across the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust came together on Thursday 5th of July to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
The festivities started early with ITV’s Dr Hilary Jones heading down memory lane and presenting live from the Royal Free Hospital – where he trained as a junior doctor – for Good Morning Britain and Lorraine.
It was then on to the NHS ‘Big 7Tea’ parties across the trust, sponsored by the Royal Free Charity. The first, at Chase Farm Hospital, set the tone for the day with staff from across the hospital coming together to celebrate the NHS and share memories with tea, cake, photo booths, massages and live music.
Royal Free Charity CEO Chris Burghes said, “The NHS 70 celebrations were a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on the many incredible achievements of the NHS and to thank the amazing staff and volunteers. Here’s to the next 70 years!”
Barnet Hospital’s celebration joined forces with the Lindsey Café for elderly patients. Patients enjoyed mock-tails and cake whilst a DIY choir sprang up on the day with staff, volunteers and patients singing their rendition of this year’s NHS charity single ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’.
At the Royal Free Hospital the many nationalities that are at heart of the NHS were celebrated and local MP Tulip Siddiq came along to thank staff. Volunteers also showcased their musical talents, staff received goody bags and there was a best tea se competition.
Young volunteer Kian Zoje said, “It’s so great to see how excited everyone gets about the NHS. As someone who is hoping to be a doctor in the future it’s very encouraging.”
Tea parties also took place at Enfield Civic Centre and Edgware Community Hospital, where staff raised a cuppa to the NHS.
MP Tulip with nurses at the Royal Free
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