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Celebration events in NHSGGC

Here are just some of the ways in which the 70th anniversary of the NHS is being commemorated throughout the year.  

If you're holding an event to celebrate the 70th, whether it's a tea party, a fun run, or a concert, tell us about it and we'll add you to the ever-growing list below!  And don't forget to send in your pics, videos, or even just a short summary of how it went to [email protected]

To view pictures from the NHSGGC 70th celebration events, scroll down or view on our Flickr gallery.

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3rd June - Lap the Gart

The event was held on Sunday 3rd June 2018 in the Gartnavel campus to mark the start of Dementia Awareness Week (DAW), and also to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS by those involved wearing T-shirts with the slogan "70 and still going"!

Click the pic below to view the photos over at Flickr.

4th June - Dementia Champions

Dementia Awareness week (3rd - 10th June), which has this years theme as ‘making sure no one faces dementia alone’, continued with our "Small Changes Matter" dementia event on 4th June with a celebration day hosted at the City Chambers.

The day brought together staff and volunteers who gathered and listened to inspirational speakers and took part in a 'Keep Calm Keep Dancing' session.

Click the pic below to view the photos over at Flickr.

14th June - Theatre Group

Interactive form theatre group for adults with LD to explore patient journey.  To be held at Blytheswood House for carers and families.

Week beginning 25th June - Journey of health improvement

Series of events in seven health centres in the North East of Glasgow.

2nd July - Tea party

Event for parents, carers and babies in Riverside Hall, Govan.

2nd July week - Unscheduled Care

How unscheduled care has evolved over the years, from casualty to modern trauma units. To be held in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

5th July - 70th Birthday celebration at the National Museum for Scotland

Attended by 700 NHS staff from all over Scotland. Included in the 60 NHSGGC staff were Anne Burns, Prof Adrian Stanley and Lorraine Crombie who were introduced not only to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon but to their delight HRH Prince William the Duke of Cambridge who chatted away to them.  To view the pictures from the event please click on this link.  Credit to the photographer Lloyd Smith for taking the pictures on the day.

 ABurns National Event Edinburgh

ABurns National Event Edinburgh

5th July - Blood Borne Virus celebration

A staff event celebrating the blood born virus unit in the Brownlee Centre.

5th July - Community Event

Invitation to the Castlemilk community to join in a variety of health promotion activities.  To be held in Castlemilk Parish Church.

Castlemilk NHS 70th

Castlemilk NHS 70th

Castlemilk NHS 70th

5th July - Cupcakes

Cupcakes for every inpatient – approx 6,000 - across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde!

5th July - Cuthebertson and ICPU


5th July - Dermatology in Glasgow the past 70 years

This event was held in the QEUH.  Poster display of how Dermatology has changed.


5th July - Display of Mental Health

Display in IPCU at Gartnavel Royal Hospital showing mental health developments. Being held in the IPCU Gartnavel Royal Hospital for patients.

5th July - Exhibition of “Then & Now”

How mental health has changed over the decades. To be held in the Stewart Centre, Glasgow.

5th July - Gartnavel General Hospital

Catering & Unison at 25

Ward 6C

5th July - Gyn Theatre Team at the QEUH

Celebrating the 70th with a tea party.

GYn Team QEUH 70th

5th July - Health and Social Care evolution

Garden party to celebrate how health and social care has evolved. To be held in Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

5th July - Herald and Evening Times

A suite of articles and photographs showcasing the continual development and transformational change that the NHS has witnessed in Glasgow and Clyde over the past 70 years and a look to the future.

Herald 70th coverage 1

Herald coverage 70th 2

5th July - Inverclyde Royal Hospital

Period tea parties for staff and patients, plus a drawing competition for kids.


Orchard View

Renal Unit

5th July - JB Russell House

Tea party at the Board HQ reception.

5th July - Langlands Unit, QEUH

Tea party at the Langlands Unit at QEUH organised by the activity co-ordinators to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

 Langlands 70th

Langlands 70th


5th July - Lightburn Garden party

Garden Party at Lightburn Hospital

 NHS 70th Lightburn tea party

NHS 70th Lightburn tea party

5th July - MaterniTea

Afternoon tea party.  Video, photos and baby grows to first few babies born. Held in the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.

5th July - NHS Scotland National Event

Held at the Royal Hospital for Children commemorating the Year of the Young Person. Special guests were Nicola Sturgeon (First Minister of Scotland), and Jean Freeman (Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport).

5th July - North Glasgow hospitals exhibition

Exhibition of north Glasgow hospitals over the decades. Being held at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. All welcome.

5th July - Oscars session

Oscars for patients allowing them to glam up, with afternoon tea and a good old sing-a-long!  Being held in Gartnavel General Hospital.

5th July - Princess Royal Maternity

Pictured below is mum and baby born today on the anniversary of the NHS 70th.

5th July - Promote health visiting role

Showcasing how the role of the health visitor has changed and expanded. Being held in the Tannahill Centre foyer.  All welcome.

5th July - Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

IAU and ED

5th July - Stobhill Hospital

A summer tea party for staff to be held in Stobhill Hospital.

5th July - Tea Party

An afternoon tea party for patients and families.  To be held in the New Victoria Hospital.

5th July - Vision of the Future

Talk to staff about their vision for the future and afternoon tea. Staff event to be held in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

17th July - Clydebank Seniors Forum

West Dunbartonshire HSCP held a Tea Party in Clydebank Town Hall in partnership with Clydebank Seniors Forum. Along with nearly 60 members from the forum the HSCP Chief Officer Beth Culshaw and Head of Health and Community Care Jo Gibson attended the event. Forum members shared their stories about the NHS. Some interesting facts like the Vale of Leven Hospital being the first Hospital built in Britain under the NHS. Entertainment was provided by the Mondayleles a ukulele band who only ask for a donation as they give a yearly cheque to CHAS.

 West DUN 70th

West Dun 70th

Week beginning 16th July - Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea with exhibitions on the chaplaincy service over the years.  To be held across NHSGGC.  All welcome.


20th July - Park run by Physiotherapists

Physio's from Bridgeton, Shettleston, Baillieston, Springburn Health Centres & Stobhill, Glasgow Royal & QEUH Hospital took part in a park run and incorporated the 70th celebration. 

September - Open day

Open day with mindfulness examples.  To be held in Barrhead Health Centre.  All welcome.

September - Writing for recovery

An afternoon of writing for recovery being held in Dumbarton.

September - Transitioned LD people

Event for people with learning disabilities who have transitioned into community settings.  Being held in the Royal Hospital for Children for patients.

October - Manifesto workshop

Capture young persons transitioning information (16-26). Being held by the Sandyford Gender Identity Services for patients

October - Youth Engagement Event

Youth engagement event.  To be confirmed where, but aimed at young people.

5th November - Platinum Celebrating Success Event

Over 400 staff will celebrate the success of our staff through our local directorate, partnership and Chairman’s Awards. Being held in the Radisson Blu Hotel for staff.

To be confirmed - MSK physiotherapy

Events over several moths promoting MSK physiotherapy across NHSGGC.

To be confirmed - Reminiscence party

Reminiscent party for elderly patients at Gartnavel General Hospital for patients and their relatives.

To be confirmed - Tea and a blether

Tea and blether parties for patients and volunteers in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Lightburn Hospital.

To be confirmed - Tea Party

Tea party for patients, relatives and staff of Gartnavel Royal Hospital.

To be confirmed - Tea Party

Tea party for patients and staff at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Ongoing - Plant plugs

Patients will plant plugs of flowers throughout the summer in Gartnavel Royal Hospital.

Ongoing - 70th commemorative website


Ongoing - Staff Newsletter

Promoting NHS Heroes throughout the 70th year.

Ongoing - Staff Newsletter

Series of articles encouraging staff to celebrate the 70th anniversary and showcasing events happening across the organisation.

Ongoing - Core Brief

Messages sent to all staff regarding events being held in NHSGGC and sharing information about our own NHS Heroes NHSGGC Staff.

Last Updated: 24 July 2018