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Health leaders in South Cheshire and Vale Royal have been sharing what the NHS means to them, as they mark its 70th birthday


As the National Health Service celebrates its 70th birthday, leaders within NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG have been sharing what the NHS means to them.

On Thursday 5 July, staff at the CCGs will gather outside the offices in Nantwich to take part in the NHS Big 7Tea Party, as part of events across the country to say 'happy birthday' to the NHS and to share their memories.

In a series of short videos, executives at the CCGs have been sharing their views on the service which started in 1948.

Dr Andrew Wilson, GP and Chair of NHS South Cheshire CCG, said: "Anniversaries are an opportunity to stop, reflect and perhaps appreciate.

"At the 70th anniversary of the NHS, I think about the wonderful collective action that there is within the health service, for this nation coming together to decide that everyone has access to health care, irrespective of their circumstances or ability to pay." 

Dr Jonathan Griffiths, GP and Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG shared a more personal story: "When my son was admitted to hospital when he was 10 months old, the NHS was there for us.

"When he needed chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and intensive care, the NHS was there for us. 

"And when he died, we were treated with care, compassion and understanding."

NHS 70 events are also a chance to recognise the work of those not 'on the front line' but who are working behind the scenes.  Tracey Cole, Executive Director of Commissioning at the CCGs, said: "I joined the NHS because of my mum. She was a nurse until she retired five years ago, and I wanted to be like my mum.

"I felt there was something I had to offer to our patients, our population who need us to be caring, compassionate and have the courage to make sure we do the best to support people in South Cheshire and Vale Royal for the care needs that they have today and tomorrow."

The 70th anniversary is 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 to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out. 

If you are taking part in any NHS 70 celebration, don’t forget to share your photos and comments on social media using the official hashtag: #NHS70.