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The NHS is Turning 70

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

The National Health Service turned  70 on 5 July 2018. It’s was a 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 who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.


What a fabulous #NHS70 birthday we had at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. Members of our executive team visited wards and departments at all of our hospital sites, marking the #NHS70 birthday and thanking staff for their hard work and dedication to our patients. They also handed out #NHS70 pin badges (all staff, volunteers and support service staff have or will be receiving a pin badges).


From 12 Noon there was a super tea party which took place in the Board Room with lots of staff and patients stories on display plus NHS artefacts used in healthcare over the years. Steve Fenlon, Medical Director gave an engaging speech about the history of NHS and also cut the NHS70 cake. Lots of other wards and departments held their own celebrations including Theatre Scheduling and Appointments. Take a look at all of the photographs of our wonderful staff members; we really couldn’t do it WITHOUT them!

Babies Born on 5th July

We had 13 babies born on the NHS70 birthday 5 boys and 8 girls!

70 Minute Cake Sale

Our dietetic team held a 70 minute cake sale in the main foyer at Darent Valley Hospital which raised £175.06 for our Valley Hospital Charity.

QMH Cake Sale

The Radiology Department at QMH also ran an NHS70 cake sale for Valley Hospital Charity – sum raised to be confirmed.

Ward Tea Parties

Linden and Ebony wards organised their own NHS70 tea parties for our older patients with cakes kindly donated by Marks and Spencer and Asda.


5 July 2018 is the 70th birthday of the NHS. As part of the celebration, we look back at the history of nursing and thank the millions of nursing staff who have shaped the last seven decades of the NHS.