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Embroideries unveiled to celebrate 70 years of the NHS

Thursday, 10 January, 2019
Embroideries unveiled to celebrate 70 years of the NHS

Two new embroideries have gone on display at Wansbeck General Hospital to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

More than 20 people contributed to the artworks, including staff, members of the public and hospital volunteers, and attended a series of artist-led workshops which started ahead of the NHS’ 70th birthday in July.

The artworks feature personal memories of the NHS along with key changes and milestones in its history. They can be seen on the second floor of the hospital in the Wansbeck Clinic waiting area.

Judith Coates, manager of outpatients at Wansbeck hospital, said: “We are delighted with the embroideries which showcase the rich 70-year history of the NHS. We would like to thank everyone who took part to create these special artworks for our hospital – there are some very talented individuals in our communities!

“There are so many different things to see in the artworks from hand and foot prints from a man born on 5 July 1948 when the NHS was founded to ‘caring hands’ representing nurses. We also depict changes in healthcare and of course a celebratory birthday cake with 70 candles – to name just a few!

“The artworks have really brightened up the waiting area and we’re sure they will be enjoyed by our patients, visitors and staff for many years to come.”

The project has been organised by the trust’s Bright Northumbria charity which has, for the past 15 years, funded the development of an award-winning healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff.

It marks the culmination of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s events to celebrate 70 years of the NHS which included birthday cakes for patients, tea dances and a thanksgiving service at Hexham Abbey.