Local NHS staff and Asda celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS

To mark the 70th birthday of the NHS Sefton’s two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) teamed up with Asda to celebrate the occasion with local shoppers.

NHS staff held roadshows in Southport’s Asda on Monday (9 July) and Bootle’s Asda actually on the NHS’ Birthday (5 July). Local people were able to share their experiences of the NHS in the past, present and importantly find out about future plans for local healthcare. Many shoppers also signed up to receive regular updates from their local CCG.

Chris Barnes (left), community pharmacist with Jo Herndlhofer, CCG communications and engagement officer

Asda in Bootle donated cakes to the CCG’s staff to help mark the anniversary and to say thank you for the hard work and dedication of NHS staff. A pharmacist from the CCG’s team was also on hand to answer patients’ questions about staying healthy and managing their medication effectively.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS and is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions and to appreciate the vital role the service plays in people’s lives. It is also a time to recognise and thank the NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care, day in, day out.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of Southport and Formby CCG, said: “The 70th anniversary of the NHS is an important milestone for both staff and patients, and our team really enjoyed sharing the celebrations with local shoppers. We would like to thank Asda, for their support, and everyone who took part in an NHS70 event over the past week.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Our Big Chat/Annual Review meetings take place in September and I would like to encourage local people to take part in the celebrations.”

The Southport and Formby CCG NHS@70 Big Chat/Annual Review event is on Tuesday, 11 September 1pm- 4.30pm at the Royal Clifton Hotel.

And the south Sefton event is on Thursday, 27 September 1pm- 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club.

A marketplace is being organised to showcase local health services, share information on the future of the local NHS and give people the chance to have their say.

If you’d like to attend either of the NHS@70 Big Chat / Annual Review events or find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email communications@sefton.nhs.uk or call 0151 317 8456.

Sharon Gregory-Wareing (left), community champion for Southport Asda, with Becky Kelly and Faye Sefton from the CCG communications and engagement team

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