The NHS turns 70

The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s 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 always there to greet, advise and care for us.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. We will look at the radical thinking that led to the creation of the NHS and the breakthroughs which have transformed our health and wellbeing.

The celebration will also look at how the service is evolving to meet our future needs, including the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information that we can look forward to over the next 70 years.

We can all play a role in supporting the NHS in this special birthday year, by volunteering, raising money for a local NHS charity, or by taking steps to look after our own health and using services wisely. Discover how you can get involved here.