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Richardson Hospital celebrates 70th anniversary of the NHS

The Friends of The Richardson Hospital, along with current and former staff, will be hanging out the bunting and hosting a free open morning, on Thursday 5th July, as the nation celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS which began caring for patients in 1948.

Iris Hillery, Secretary of The Friends of Richardson Hospital, said, "The nursing teams in particular have worked very hard planning a special day. There will be lots going on and everyone will be welcome to come along from 10.00am - 12.00 noon.  We've put together displays of photographs showing the history of The Richardson, going back to 1948 and there will also be old uniforms and equipment to look at, demonstrating the changes that have taken place during the last 70 years.  There will also be scones to enjoy with a hot or cold drink.

"There will be live music from the 1940s, and we're looking forward to welcoming former colleagues who can take the opportunity for a trip down memory lane.  We're delighted that the Mayor of Barnard Castle, Councillor Mrs Sandra Moorhouse, is also coming along.

"Visitors will be able to find out about the services on offer at the hospital, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy. 

"The community in Teesdale are very proud of their much-loved hospital and give the Friends great support to help maintain excellent services.  We are looking forward to celebrating with the staff and patients."

Julie Race, Associate Director of Nursing at County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, added, "This is a great opportunity for us as healthcare professionals to celebrate this NHS milestone with the local community.  We're also making sure our patients are able to join in the celebrations and a special commemorative menu has been developed for their meals on 5th July.  They'll enjoy a three course lunch and a further three course early evening supper.  There will also be afternoon tea and cakes." 



Published 3rd July 2018

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham