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Trust staff help celebrate 60 years of the NHS!

As you will be aware 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the NHS. To celebrate this milestone, our Communications Team with support from Graham Galloway of Sodexo; Brian Chapman of LIME, Catalyst and Nowgen organised an open day which offered not only a look back at yesteryear, but a glance into tomorrow. There was an exhibition highlighting the work and development of all six hospitals within the Trust over the years since they were established and since the beginning of the NHS in 1948. The exhibition not only consisted of an in depth history of the six hospitals in the Trust, but also had features such as the ward diary of a ward sister from 1948 which is a startling contrast to how they work today, 60 minutes in the day of several jobs within the Trust and what was in the news as the NHS reached several milestones. There was also the opportunity to explore the past with the Magical History Tour which look at the existing buildings, which date back over 100 years. It took in interesting features of the old MRI, Saint Mary’s and Eye Hospital site and those on the tour heard about how the hospitals came about and what special events have occurred during the years. The tour of the New Hospitals Development took more than 100 people round the £500 million new hospitals site where they saw how the scheme is progressing and the fantastic new facilities some staff may experience for yourselves next year. The exhibition and tours were both well attended and the day was a great success. Parrs Wood High School performed a specially commissioned drama production and Chanje Kunda, the Trust’s new Artist in Residence performed some of her own poetry, both to great acclaim. Two large banners hung from the ceiling with the faint outline of a six and a zero. Visitors to the exhibition and those attending the tours were asked to fill in a postcard with their thoughts on what the NHS means them. The communications team attached them to the banner so the Trust can demonstrate how proud we are about working for one of the world’s largest employers. These banners are currently being completed and displayed in a number of NHS organisations across the country. Look out for the commemorative edition of Insight.