THE coronavirus pandemic means the NHS has been through a year like no other. It has been an extremely challenging year for the NHS, and the country as a whole, but also a year of hope.
Hospitals have cared for around 400,000 seriously ill COVID-19 patients, including more than 100,000 admitted in January alone, along with millions more besides.
At the same time the NHS has rolled out the biggest vaccination programme in health service history; the fastest in Europe and most precise in the world.
The NHS could not have achieved all this without the skill and dedication of their staff along with the support of thousands of returners, volunteers, other keyworkers and, of course, the public who played their part by following the social distancing rules.
The NHS’s 73rd birthday offers us all a chance to say a big thank you.
Whether it’s a member of staff or a whole team, a member of the public, an organisation or a community, we should take a moment to say thank you to those who have worked so hard or who have helped out over the last 12 months.
This is a chance for communities to come together to thank NHS staff and each other for the huge role they have played over the last year.
Whilst marking all that the NHS has achieved, we will also remember those who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
Finally, the NHS birthday is a chance to celebrate the success of the NHS Vaccination programme and again encourage everyone who is eligible to come forward for a jab. A chance to say thank you to the staff, army of volunteers, and local communities for working so hard to deliver the extraordinary rollout.