Guildhall to #LightUpBlue to celebrate #NHS70

Southampton Guildhall lit up in blueOn Thursday 5 July, Southampton City Council will celebrate the National Health Service's 70th Birthday by lighting its iconic Guildhall in the service's trademark blue colour.

Cllr Dave Shields, Cabinet Member for Health and Community Safety, said: "We want to honour and recognise the historic role that so many have played working in our NHS over the past seven decades. They have made a vital, global contribution to health care, medicine and technology. I would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all the NHS doctors, nurses, care staff and others who give everything, each day, to help others.

"We need to ask ourselves - what does the NHS mean to me? How has it improved my life and that of my family? How do we make sure that this national treasure continues its important work in the future?

"I'd like to encourage everyone this week to consider how they can help their local NHS, whether that might be through volunteering or giving to local NHS charities or taking an action like donating blood."

Dr Mark Kelsey, Chair of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP said: "It is great to hear that the historic Guildhall will be turning blue on Thursday, the 70th birthday of the NHS. This recognises the invaluable work of NHS staff across Southampton and symbolises the power of partnership working between Southampton City Council and the NHS to improve health and wellbeing. Every member of staff and volunteer working in the NHS makes a difference to the health of people in the city as we work to achieve a healthy Southampton for all.

"As part of our NHS 70 celebrations we have been gathering Southampton stories and memories throughout the year and would love to hear how the NHS has made a difference to you and your family. Further information and all the stories we have received are available on the Southampton City CCG website.

"You can find out more about what’s happening across the country to mark the NHS's 70th birthday on the NHS 70 website."

To learn more about other local activities celebrating our NHS see the NHS England website.

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