Staff, governors and patients got into the birthday spirit yesterday at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) to celebrate one of the nation’s much loved institutions.
Midwives on ward 17 at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) kicked off the morning with a live morning show for BBC Radio Lancashire. They gave personal and touching accounts of their roles as midwives and talked about different aspects of their profession including bereavement support, safeguarding and caesarean sections, as well as touching on the historical aspects of midwifery to present day.
Roz McMeeking, Matron for Gynaecology, UHMBT, said: “Happy 70th birthday NHS. Well done. I have spent the majority of my career working on this ward and a lot of mums, dads and babies come through it. My mum has always said to me that when you go to work you are going to be part of someone’s special day and I think we as midwives really appreciate that. It is a real privilege.”
The show also celebrated new mums, dads and partners on the ward, including Ian and Katie Robinson and their baby son Oliver James Robinson, who was born on Wednesday 4 July, at 2.38pm, weighing 7lbs 8oz.
Yesterday, there were five babies born at South Lakes Birth Centre, and two babies born at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary – all sharing their birthdays with the NHS.
In the afternoon, special tea parties were held in the restaurants at the RLI, Furness General Hospital (FGH) and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) to thank UHMBT and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust staff and volunteers. Around 150 people tucked into sandwiches and cake and raised a cuppa to the NHS reaching its milestone birthday. Radio Lonsdale played a show of vintage music interspersed with staff interviews at FGH, and there were displays of old photos, memorabilia and stands from Bay Hospitals Charity at all three events.
Matthew Bradley, Waiting List Co-ordinator for General Surgery, UHMBT, said: “We had a great afternoon at the tea party. I’m immensely proud to be a part of a national institution and a national treasure. We’re all here because we care and it’s good to spend time celebrating how decades of that same attitude has brought us this far.”
Ann Addenbrook, Ward Clerk, UHMBT, said: “I feel very proud to be part of the NHS in its 70th year and being involved in our patients experience on the amazing newly built South Lakes Birth Centre. As a nation, we need to treasure the NHS as it is a fabulous organisation. A huge thank you to all who contributed to our afternoon tea party – it was well organised and a wonderful event, and it was so interesting to see all the memorabilia on show.”
Lynne Wyre, Director of Nursing In Hospital, UHMBT, added: “The tea parties across our hospitals were not just about marking 70 years of the NHS but were also a celebration of our appreciation of the outstanding contribution our staff and volunteers and our community colleagues make to the organisation. They really do go above and beyond to provide the best possible care for our patients.”
Staff at Ulverston Community Health Centre received bottles of water, chocolates and a happy 70th birthday balloon from the Emmanuel Christian Centre to say thank you for the work they do.
A special NHS 70 Brilliant Bay Day hosted by the Improvement and LiA team was held at Castle Green. Staff gave insight to their improvement schemes and held a variety of market places.
As well as joining NHS organisations across the country in celebrating 70 years of the NHS, UHMBT is also celebrating the 20th birthday of when the Trust was formed on 1 April 1998 from the merger of Lancaster Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Westmorland Hospitals NHS Trust and Furness Hospital NHS Trust.
Lots has been going on across the Trust to celebrate these two huge milestones, including:
- Aerial photos of staff, volunteers, governors and partners in the shape of a number 70 at the Trust’s three main hospitals
- Thank you BBQs offering free food to UHMBT staff, volunteers and governors took place on Friday 29 June
- Members of the Lancaster Medical Museum led a small display of historical medical equipment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on Wednesday 27 June
The celebrations don’t stop there! There is much more planned for the rest of the NHS70 year, including free talks for the public across Morecambe Bay about healthcare in years gone by. The talks will focus on the story of Eric Cooper, dentist at the Colditz Prison Camp, and include a small display of historical medical equipment. October’s talk will also include a talk on Lancaster Medical Museum. Anyone can attend these talks and there are still places available!
People can book a place for the talks by contacting the Membership Office on 01229 404473 or by email at: FTmembership.firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also book online using the below links:
- 11 July from 6pm at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-colditz-to-morecambe-bay-a-talk-to-mark-70-years-of-the-nhs-tickets-46518917334
- 26 September from 6pm at Furness General Hospital in Barrow:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friom-colditz-to-morecambe-bay-a-talk-to-mark-70-years-of-the-nhs-tickets-46520212207
- 24 October from 6pm at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary: