NHS 70 Celebrations

The National Health Service turned 70 on 5th July 2018 - providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to look at the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information, and to thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria NHS Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to celebrate this occasion, along with our partners and the community. You can read our round up of all the week's celebrations here. 

Trust Talk NHS 70 Special Edition

To celebrate the 70th Birthday of the National Health Service – and to mark this momentous occasion Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust  and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, have created a very special edition of our Trust Talk magazine.

This birthday edition is full of stories from staff, past and present, on how the NHS has changed over the years. It also reflects on some of the key moments in the history of the NHS, and looks to the future with the latest news about the health and care systems in Cumbria. Have a read online and share with your family and friends - if you have any feedback drop us an email!

Get involved – find out what’s happening locally

Join us to celebrate the NHS turning 70 – find out here about all the events taking place and other ways that you can show your support for the NHS. 


Find out more about some of the events that took place to celebrate the NHS 70th Birthday: 


Sharing your stories 

We have been working with local reporters and partner organsiations to share interesting stories about our NHS staff, patients and carers. We were pleased to see some familiar faces featured in our local newspapers - as well as on Border TV! Here are links to all the NHS70 stories and articles which have been featured in local media in the run up to the 70th anniversary.

  1. What the NHS means to me - hearing from staff across Cumbria
  2. Amazing NHS workers recognised at award ceremony
  3. Cumbria set to go blue to mark NHS anniversary 
  4. A career in nursing – Lesley Carruthers, one of Cumbria's most senior nurses urges others to join the profession
  5. Health team at Cumbria's prison is leading the way nationally
  6. Renal services at two of Cumbria's hospitals have come top in a national patient satisfaction survey.
  7. Retired Cumbrian midwife Josephine Hope looks back on her career in the NHS  
  8. Cumbria trans nurse shares emotional journey
  9. Maryport Nurses discuss changes to community hospital 
  10. Late career change means John Bayliffe is now following in his mum's nursing footsteps 
  11. How an encounter with a mental health patient inspired Linda Bennetts to become a nursing leader  
  12. Kate's quest to improve equality and diversity in the NHS
  13. Retired nurse Margaret looks back on 60 years in the NHS
  14. Copeland MP Trudy Harrison shares her thoughts on what makes the NHS great
  15. How therapy dog Ted is helping mental health patients 
  16. Cumbria out of hours GPs named regional champions in NHS awards  
  17. Nursing student delivers dementia message 
  18. Learning disability nurses inspire others to take up nursing careers
  19. Hundreds flock to Carlisle Park Run for NHS70 
  20. Happy 70th NHS, love Carlisle parkrun
  21. “It made me feel proud to be part of the NHS”
  22. Former NHS patients needed to help train future generation of medics 
  23. Cumbria's unpaid carers are unsung heroes of the NHS  
  24. Patients now receiving dialysis treatment closer to home in Cumbria
  25. Bid to recruit more blood donors 
  26. Patients praise care at West Cumberland Hospital and Cumberland Infirmary 
  27. How the NHS saved my Dad from rare flesh eating bug 
  28. Cumbria's out-of-hours GP services wins NHS 70 Parliamentary Award
  29. How Cumbria is now training future medics
  30. Cumbria's first NHS babies celebrate their birthdays alongside health service
  31. 'Without the NHS, I wouldn't be here' - Cancer survivor Linda shares her story
  32. NHS mortuary worker on trying to break taboo around death
  33. Cumbrian nurses use NHS at 70 to reflect on time working at Dovenby Hall
  34. Cumbria's NHS is calling on more ex-military personnel to consider a career in the health service
  35. GPs to prescribe parkrun to patients as parties set for Carlisle and Workington
  36. New mothers urged to try breastfeeding
  37. George recalls life as student nurse in Carlisle
  38. Cumbria's out of hours GPs win NHS70 Parliamentary Award
  39. Nostalgia exhibition will form part of NHS 70 party
  40. Cumbria celebrates NHS 70th anniversary
  41. Cumbria celebrates 70 years of the NHS with tea parties 
  42. Colourful NHS 70 celebrations take over Carlisle city centre