Plymouth City Council celebrates NHS 70

Plymouth City Council is showing its support for the 70th anniversary of the NHS on Thursday 5 July in a number of different ways.

Lighting up Smeaton’s Tower blue, a number of events and displays at our libraries, an exhibition at The Box community hub space at the House of Fraser (next to the ‘From Destruction to Construction’ exhibition), and a staff cake sale at Ballard House to raise funds for the Plymouth Hospitals charity are just some of the ways the Council is showing its support. Smeaton’s Tower is in good company as landmarks across the country – including the London Eye – will be lit up blue to celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service.

The Box will also be sharing historic photos and video of the local NHS on its Facebook and Twitter channels throughout this w

Smeatons Tower will be lit up blue on Thursday night.


The anniversary also falls during Health Information Week and you can find out more about what’s happening in our Libraries on their webpage here.

Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth, said: “On a personal level, I’m 71, so for pretty much my entire life the NHS has looked after me and my family. We need to make sure we protect the NHS and invest in it, to safeguard it for future generations.

“From the Council’s point of view as a local commissioner of health and care services, and as the lead for public health in Plymouth, and above all, as patients, the NHS is vitally important to us.

“We are really pleased to show our support and celebrate 70 years of the NHS here in Plymouth. It’s a really exciting time, with the development of our new Health and Wellbeing Hubs, the closer integration of both commissioning of local services and working with  a range of other health and care partners. We look forward to the next 70 years of this important national institution.”

Carole Burgoyne, Strategic Director for People at the Council, said: “The NHS is a fundamental part of all our lives and we have some fantastic services here in Plymouth so we are delighted to mark this important occasion with our local partners.”

Ann James,  Chief Executive of University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Foundation Trust said: “As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, it’s important to recognise and thank the many people here in Plymouth who make the NHS what it is. We have more than 10,000 staff and volunteers delivering NHS services in the city, who care with so much commitment and dedication. We have celebrated just a few of them with our joint #NHS70 Pride of Plymouth NHS with our awards but there are many, many more.

“We’ve had a fantastic #NHS70 Open Day which the community supported brilliantly – we hope we have inspired the next generation of healthcare staff with our interactive displays.

“It’s wonderful the NHS is celebrating 70 years … here’s to many more birthdays as the NHS develops and focuses not just on supporting people when they’re ill, but supporting them to keep as well as possible for as long as possible.”

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust has set up a Facebook group where people are sharing photos, videos and memories of health services in Plymouth – you can sign up to join the Facebook group here 

If you want to donate to, or find out more about Plymouth Hospitals Charity, click here.

You can also search #NHS70Plymouth to keep up to date with what’s happening.