Sandwell and West Birmingham raises a cuppa to NHS 70

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NHS 70 mugsOver 150 patients and local volunteers who help the NHS are attending a vintage tea party to celebrate 70 years of the NHS and recognise the hard work and commitment of NHS staff past and present.

The special celebration, which is being organised by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is being held on 5 July at CAP Centre, Windmill Lane, Smethwick at 1.30pm.

The Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Joy Edis, will be officially opening the event and the Deputy Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Carol Goult, will also be in attendance.

Sandwell Creative Arts, a community art project for people with learning disabilities, will be performing and vintage music will also be played. Guest speakers include local GPs from past and present generations.

Dr Nick Harding, Chair at NHS Sandwell CCG, who is also speaking at the event, said:

“We are delighted to welcome patients and volunteers to our special tea party to toast the achievements and the dedicated staff of one of our most loved institutions. Tea has a long and proud association with the NHS going back to the days when it was originally served to patients in traditional fine cups with saucers and side spoon as an important aspect of patient satisfaction and recovery.

“The NHS has touched us all and it’s important that we take time to thank our wonderful NHS staff for their hard work and commitment, skills and diversity in the face of many challenges. Our deepest thanks go to everyone including volunteers, NHS charities and social care staff, as well voluntary sector, social enterprise and charity partners.

“As we look back over 70 remarkable years of key clinical, scientific and medical breakthroughs, we can also look to the future with confidence as care will continue to evolve with a particular focus on innovation and technology for the benefit of patients.