NHS Birthday - Exclusive Discounts for NHS Staff

Happy Birthday, NHS! We're celebrating with a day of enhanced discounts and giveaways for all NHS staff. 

The NHS turns 74 this year and we want to thank all of the amazing staff, past and present, by giving you a little something back to celebrate.

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Frequently Asked Questions About The NHS

  • The NHS Birthday takes place every year on the 5th of July, and it’s a time for us to celebrate the NHS and the people that make it so special. Why does it take place on the 5th of July? Back in 1948, Aneurin Bevan, the Minister of Health, created the National Health Service (NHS) with the goal of providing medical care from “the cradle to grave” in a post-war world. Since then, it has grown significantly and remains a fundamental part of today’s society, and we celebrate that achievement on the 5th of July.

  • On July 5th 2022, the NHS will turn 74 years old, which is an incredible milestone. However, that milestone would be incomplete without the people that make up the NHS. 

     

    Currently, there are over 350 different careers in the NHS. Whether they’re delivering babies, providing emergency attention, or attention to documents in an office, all NHS workers make a significant difference to thousands of people’s lives on a day-to-day basis. 

     

    Without each of these incredible individuals contributing and giving it their all, the NHS wouldn’t be the exceptional service that it is, so let’s celebrate the NHS Birthday and those that make it special.

  • The National Health Service (NHS) refers to the government-funded healthcare and medical services in the UK that have become a cornerstone of our society. Everyone living in the UK can use the service if/when they become injured or sick without worrying about covering the costs of their treatment. There are a number of NHS services that provide both physical and mental health treatment and support. 


    We sure do have a lot to thank the NHS for, with men and women now living an average of 10 years longer than they did before the creation of the NHS in 1948.

  • Health Service Discounts has teamed up with amazing brands who want to give back to NHS staff and offer them special NHS birthday discounts!  From the AA, Luxury Cottages, Seasalt to Ted Baker, many of our partners are celebrating the NHS Birthday with exclusive discounts. Don’t miss out–they’re for a limited time.

  • 1948 - The Birth of the NHS 

    The history of the NHS starts on 5 July 1948 at Park Hospital, Manchester (now Trafford General Hospital) when the service was created to bring healthcare to everyone in the UK regardless of their earnings. 

     

    The ambitious project was the first of its kind and was launched by Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan. It aimed to revolutionise healthcare in the UK due to the insufficiencies of the previous system. 

    1968 - UK’s First Heart Transplant 

    At the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London the first heart transplant in Britain was carried out. Donald Ross, a South African-born surgeon led an extensive team made up of 18 doctors and nurses to carry out the seven-hour procedure. The patient was 45-year-old Frederick West, and the donor was Patrick Ryan, a 26-year-old labourer. It was only the tenth heart transplant in the world.  

     

    1983 - The Mental Health Act 

     

    This was a huge turning point for the treatment of mental health in the NHS and is still the main piece of legislation used today. The Mental Health Act codified the issue of consent in treatment for mental health and set out clear rules on when and why individuals can be ‘sectioned’. The act covers the rights, assessment and treatment of those with a mental health disorder. 

     

    2020 - COVID-19 NHS Response 

     

    The NHS faced its toughest challenge yet in early 2020, which saw the world engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic. From the quick development of the Nightingale hospitals due to the NHS app and hospitals all over the country being inundated with COVID-19 patients, the NHS has continued to offer unwavering support and treatment for those infected with the virus.  

    Today - 

    The NHS has grown significantly and remains an incredible service that we all know and love. With over 1.7 million staff members, the NHS is one of the largest employers in the UK (and the world). 

     

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