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​The NHS turned 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our amazing organisation and to thank our extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world.

We are all proud of our NHS. It has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives.

It is thanks to the NHS that we have all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant.

A number of events and activities are being planned across the Trust, to make sure we mark the occasion properly!​  

Keep checking back as details of new events and activities will be added over the coming weeks.


Details of public events will be shared here.  There are lots more events for staff; details are provided on the staff intranet.


Family fun at Bury Living Well Centre:

A family and staff celebration is being held at the Living Well Centre on 5 July, from 11.30am to 1pm.  Click here to download the invite.

Bury CCG Big7Tea Party:

Bury Clinical Commissioning Group is hosting a Big7Tea Party.  Here you can enjoy some cake, fruit and a cuppa and hear about social opportunities happening in your community. Click here for further details.

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale:

Coffee and cake event at Birch Hill:

A coffee and cake event is being held on 5 July at Birch Hill Outpatient Department (meeting room), Rochdale, OL12 9RD. The event is open patients, visitors and staff.

The meeting room will be decorated with nostalgic memorabilia and stories of NHS employees. There will be various free cakes and refreshments on offer.

There is no need to RSVP, just drop in between​ 11.30am and 2pm.

From Herbs to Hospitals exhibition:

Touchstones museum in Rochdale is hosting an NHS 70 'From Herbs to Hospitals' exhibition. This focuses on the development of health and wellbeing from Victorian Rochdale through to the advent of the NHS in the 1940’s.

It looks at how medicine and healthcare went from being a luxury for those who could afford it to a service available for everybody.  Click here for further details.

What's your NHS story?

As part of this exhibition, they want record stories from patients, staff, volunteers and campaigners. Stories will be featured as part of the above exhibition and will form part of the gallery's public digital archive.

Whatever your story, they want to hear from you!

You can get in touch by emailing nhs70@manchester.ac.uk​ or phoning 0161 275 0560​. Click here for further details.


A garden party is being held at Butler Green on 7 July, from 1pm to 3pm*.  Click here to download the invite.
* please note the new time


A garden party is being held at the Meadows, Stockport on 21 July from 12pm to 2pm. Click here to download the invite 

NHS Big 7Tea Party

To celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS on 5 July, NHS charities across the country are participating in the Big 7Tea Party.  This includes our own charitable foundation.

Big 7Tea encourages people to gather together, in work or their community, to raise a cup of tea and some money for NHS charities.

Anyone can get involved in the celebration. All you need to do is pick an NHS charity, download your big 7Tea pack and spread the word. Click here for more information.

National events

A number of national events have been held to celebrate the NHS 70 birthday.

Several members of staff were selected to represent the Trust at Westminster Abbey, York Minster and a garden party thrown by the Prime Minister.  Click here to read more.


NHS 70 Rocks!

As part of the NHS 70 birthday celebrations, we want to encourage families to get involved in our NHS 70 Rocks! It’s really easy to join in the fun. 

Simply find a pebble, get creative with paint and then head out with the kids to hide it in a local park or community area. 

Then see if you can find other NHS 70 rocks people have hidden and share on social media.  Don't forget to re-hide it though!

Click here for further details and links to some popular local 'Rocks' groups.

Social media

You may have already spotted our #70for70 social media campaign.  Each day in the run up to the 5 July, we've been sharing a picture of and a quote from one of our wonderful members of staff.  Visit our Twitter page @PennineCareNHS, our Facebook page or Instagram page (search for PennineCareNHS).

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