The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK 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.

On 5 July 1948, the NHS was launched by the then Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester (known today as Trafford General Hospital).

For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella to provide services for free at the point of delivery.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world.

The NHS has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives.

Get involved, explore the NHS of the past and future or catch up on the latest news from the NHS 70 celebrations following the links below:

NHS history

NHS future

NHS 70 year success down to “brilliance' of staff” says NHS chief executive Simon Stevens

Pledge to use NHS services wisely

Get involved in research projects