NHS 73rd birthday - a time to say thank you

The NHS will mark its 73rd birthday on Monday 5 July 2021 after a year like no other. It has been an extremely challenging year for the NHS, and the country as a whole, but also a year of hope.

Mechanics Theatre in Wakefield lit up blue to celebrate NHS 73rd birthday

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic hospitals have cared for around 400,000 seriously ill COVID-19 patients, including more than 100,000 admitted in January alone, along with millions more besides. This occasion offers a moment to remember those we have lost, value those who have worked extremely hard, and look to the future with hope.

The NHS has rolled out the biggest vaccination programme in our history, the fastest in Europe and most precise in the world. The NHS could not have achieved all this without the skill and dedication of our people along with the support of thousands of returners, volunteers, other keyworkers and, of course, the public who played their part by following the social distancing rules.

The birthday offers us all a chance to say a big thank you.

NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group and our partners are celebrating National Thank You Day (Sunday 4 July 2021) by showing appreciation for the incredible people who have the helped the district and its residents get through the coronavirus pandemic.

Jo Webster, NHS Wakefield CCG Chief Officer, Corporate Director Adults and Health - Wakefield Council and Wakefield Place Integrated Care System (ICS) Health and Care Leader, said: "Happy birthday to the NHS as it turns 73 this year! This is a great opportunity to say thank you to all the people who play a part in our fantastic health and care services in Wakefield. This day, as every day, we celebrate every one of you - our patients, carers, volunteers, staff in health, social care and voluntary organisations – who all contribute to the effectiveness of our great National Health Service.”

How can I join in with the celebrations this weekend?
If you have your own ideas of that extra special person, group of people or organisation who deserve our thanks this year, we want to hear from you. The birthday is a chance for you to do something extra special. If you're participating in a park run in a location near you or hosting an NHS Big Tea party, let us know on social media and mention us/tag us in a post on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Without you and your support, we could never have achieved what we have over the past year. Thank you!