NHS 75

NHS 75

The NHS was founded on 5 July 1948 as the world's first universal, free at the point of use health system.

Seventy-five years later, those principles remain just as relevant today as the NHS continues to innovate and adapt to meet the needs of new generations, always putting patients at the heart of everything it does.

From the midwives who help bring us into the world, the GPs and pharmacists who are our first port of call when we are sick, the nurses, doctors and other clinicians who care for us in our time of need, the porters and cleaners who keep our hospitals moving, and the hundreds of thousands of dedicated staff and volunteers in between – our people are the driving force in helping us do this.

We're counting down the 75 days to the birthday of NHS.  You'll read inspiring stories from patients and staff, see news and pictures from the archives, and have the opportunity to join in competitions.

We hope you'll get involved too, sharing your memories and stories of what the NHS means to you.

Join in our events and activities here:

Tell us your NHS story

Tell us your memories of working for the local NHS, your family connections or care that changed your life.

Blue Skies

Get involved in dragon boat races, raffle sales or 7.5 mile walks as we aim to raise £75k for 75 years

Children's Competition

We are asking children across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre to send us their NHS drawings.

Parkrun for the NHS

Colleagues, volunteers and local communities, can join ‘parkrun for the NHS’ on 8 July or 9 July.

NHS 75 Fujifilm competition

The competition is an opportunity for colleagues and volunteers to share – through photos their story

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers have been a part of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for more than 40 years

Read your NHS 75 stories here:

We have asked colleagues and members of the public to share their stories and memories of the NHS from across the last 75 years follow our Facebook page to view daily the latest story. Browse through the stories below or click here to see the full library of stories.

Find out where it all began and about the people who have been apart of it ever since.

View our full online archive of stories, photos and memories from across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre as we look back over the last 75 years