Hospital to hold tea party to celebrate 70 years of NHS

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 June 2018

A tea party will be held at Weston General Hospital.

A tea party will be held at Weston General Hospital.

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Children are being invited to take part in an art competition to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) has launched the competition to teach youngsters about what the NHS does and encourage them to think about its future.

Children aged three to six are invited to pair images with words describing the role of different NHS professionals, while six to 11 year olds can either draw images of machines the NHS might use in the future or write a short story about a day in the life of an NHS worker.

BNSSG CCG clinical lead Dr Jonathan Hayes said: “The NHS must surely be our most valued national institution and this year’s anniversary is a great opportunity to celebrate the fact we have this service and express our gratitude for all its dedicated staff.

“We also want to engage young people in thinking about the NHS and its role in society, and this competition offers a fun and engaging way to do that with a range of categories targeting different ages.

“I hope parents, guardians, teachers and youth group leaders will help to promote this creative opportunity, and encourage and support children to take part.”

Winners will receive prizes themed on a healthy and active lifestyle.

The competition closes on July 5, when Weston Area Health NHS Trust – which runs the town’s hospital – will also be getting involved in the anniversary celebrations. A tea party will be held from noon to 3pm at Weston General Hospital’s physiotherapy gym in Grange Road.

The event will raise funds for the hospital’s scanner appeal, which is aiming to collect £400,000 to buy new equipment and pay for a refurbishment of the X-ray department.

Anyone who used to work for the NHS in North Somerset is being asked to lend any old photographs of the hospital or its staff which can be used at the party.

Old uniform or equipment is also welcome, or alternatively stories about how the NHS has changed over the past seven decades.

Click here for more information on the competition.

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