Date: 25 May 2018
The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.
We'll keep this page updated with ways in which you can get involved, or other opportunities organised to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS.
Give blood and join the organ donor register
Every day thousands of people’s lives are saved or improved thanks to the generosity of donors like you. But, sadly, there are still lots of patients we can’t treat because we don’t have enough supplies. There’s an urgent need for donations. Please help if you can and give the NHS a special 70th birthday present. Find out more
Join the NHS team
Did you know that the NHS is one of the largest employers in the world? And, with 1.5 million staff, it is the biggest in Europe. Find out more
Pledge to use NHS services wisely
There are things that we can all do for ourselves and for one another to help the NHS work effectively, and to make sure resources are used responsibly. Find out more
Take care of yourself
Today in England, people are living longer, but often they are living in poorer health, with multiple long-term conditions. Find out more
Get involved in research projects
Research has built the NHS we have today. Getting involved in healthcare research could help shape the NHS for the future, discovering life-saving treatments, uncovering the secrets behind diseases, and developing the answers to the problems causing ill health today. Find out more
Support NHS Charities
Over the last 70 years the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. And helping behind the scenes are more than 250 dedicated NHS charities. Find out more
The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018