Happy Birthday to our NHS!

The National Health Service (NHS) is today celebrating 75 years of providing health services.

Founded in 1948, the NHS became the first universal health system that was free at the point of delivery and available to everyone, something that has continued to this day.

Key stages of the NHS include Britains first kidney transplant took place in 1971 and the worlds first liver, heart and lung transplant in 1987, plus a plethora of new treatments, technologies and services that make the NHS what it is today. Figures from NHS England state that more than four in five people agree that care should be available to everyone and that the NHS makes them proud to be British.

While Radio Horton may be younger in age than the NHS, we’d like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to everyone who works in our health service, whether that’s at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury or one of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts’ sites in Oxford and the wider community, or elsewhere across the country, no matter what your role, you keep the wheels of the NHS turning and ultimately look after us during our time of need.

If you would like to share your stories and messages of thanks with us about the Horton General Hospital, please email [email protected]. We’ll collate the responses and share them on our website,

Here’s to the next 75 years.

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