The NHS, it’s amazing isn’t it.
As our health service celebrates its 70th birthday, it is truly fantastic to look at some of the great work it does and some of the great people that work in it tirelessly day after day, night after night.
Okay so there may be concerns about funding, bed shortages, staff being overworked, operations being cancelled. But at the end of the day, we still have a fantastic free health service that is available to everyone, 24 hours a day.
It makes a nice change to look at the health service in a positive way to celebrate the anniversary, instead of looking at its shortfalls.
I have read so many uplifting and inspiring stories about the NHS recently, stories of the everyday heroes going above and beyond the call of duty to help and support the people who need it. Not just doctors and nurses, but also hospital porters, volunteers and so on.
One story that sticks in my mind was on the television and told of how a man working in the blood testing laboratory made hospital life just that little bit more interesting for very ill children by inviting them to go and see what happens to their blood samples after they are taken. A small gesture but one that made a huge difference to many sick children during a very difficult time.
And of course, let’s not forget all the research that has taken place and still takes place, enabling medical professionals to successfully treat more and more illnesses all the time.
Happy birthday NHS!