Happy 70th birthday to the NHS!

NHS Scotland celebrated its 70th birthday on 5th July.  All across Scotland, events were held to mark the occasion.

Here in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, many of these events looked back at the history of the NHS, its innovations and its accomplishments over the last seven decades.

We had 1940s tea parties and staff dressed up in uniforms through the ages.

We had lunches at the Oscars with some of our older dementia patients dressing up for the occasion, watching old movies from the golden era of Hollywood and reminiscing about their younger days.

We even had jazz bands playing swing songs from the 40s and vintage hairdressers bringing a touch of glamour by re-creating the styles of the day.

And on the 5th July – our 70th birthday – we were the proud hosts of a show in honour of our youngest staff and the First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health joined some of our younger patients as they enjoyed games from the 1940s.

Welcoming guests to the event, Chairman John Brown, said: “In the Year of Young People, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was delighted to be asked to host today’s national event in celebration of young people and their achievements.

"It’s been an amazing 70 years for the NHS and whilst it is only right that that we acknowledge and commemorate our past, it’s possibly even more important to look ahead to the future of our NHS.

"Only last week our Board approved its strategic plan setting out how we will design our services to meet the future needs of our patients in line with the Scottish Government’s vision.

"Our staff – our nurses, our doctors, our allied health professionals and all our support staff – will deliver that vision.

"And our young staff, just at the start of their career, will play an important role and make a significant contribution to this in the years to come."

Watch our short video for the highlights of this memorable day.