The NHS Turns 67!

On Sunday 5th July, the National Health Service (NHS) will be 67 years old!

The NHS was officially ‘born’ on 5th July 1948, when health secretary Aneurin Bevan opened the Park Hospital in Manchester. The event was the culmination of years of hard work and marked the first time that doctors, nurses, opticians, dentists and more were brought together in one location.

Since then, the NHS has grown, with key events such as the first UK kidney transplant, the world’s first baby born as a result of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and the introduction of walk-in centres all taking place over the past seven decades.

To celebrate this special occasion, we’ll be discussing why we love the NHS on Twitter and Facebook.

Join in the party by letting us know what you love about the NHS; whether it’s the staff, a nurse or doctor or a specific ward, let us know what makes the NHS special to you.


You can also find out more about the early days of the NHS by watching the following video about Aneurin Bevan: