This weekend, we want to say a big thank you to all our key workers, to celebrate 73 years since the founding of the NHS on 5 July.
The past year has seen the NHS faced with the challenge of a lifetime, and so many colleagues continue to work hard in the fight against Covid-19. Hospitals have cared for around 400,000 seriously ill Covid patients, while the NHS and its partners have been delivering the largest vaccination programme in our history.
While this past year has been challenging, it has also been a year of great hope – and we want to celebrate this anniversary by saying thank you to everyone who made these achievements possible.
Dr Neil O’Brien, a local GP and accountable officer for NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South Tyneside CCG and County Durham CCG said:
“Our NHS have helped us immensely over this past year during the covid-19 pandemic. People are at the heart of the NHS and the incredible effort made by so many people has been phenomenal.
“So why not take a moment on this special occasion to thank all those who have helped us – to all the doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and all key workers and volunteers, thank you!”
This year also sees the return of The NHS Big Tea on 5 July. This is a chance for communities to come together to thank NHS staff and each other for the huge role they have played over the last year.
At 3pm on 5 July, why not join in a national tea break, and raise a mug of collective thanks to every clinician, nurse, support worker, hospital porter and paramedic who’s put themselves on the line this year to keep us and our loved ones safe.
On Sunday 4 July, the eve of the NHS’s birthday, we’re encouraging everyone to celebrate a national Thank You Day, to recognise and celebrate the work of our NHS staff, as well as all key workers and the many others in our communities who have helped us through a tough year.
You can find out more about Thank You Day and find more details of events in your local area here.