The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. There are lots of exciting events taking place all over the country to celebrate this important milestone and acknowledge the vital role one of the nation’s most loved institutions plays in all our lives.
If you want to join in with the celebrations but don’t know how, NHS England has put together a birthday wish list of ways you can give back and say thank you.
Register to give blood or join the Organ Donor Register
Every day thousands of people’s lives are saved or improved thanks to generous people who donate their blood or organs but, sadly, there still aren’t enough supplies to save everyone. There’s an urgent need for donations but the good news is, you can help! To find out how you could become a life-changing donor, visit www.blood.co.uk and www.organdonation.nhs.uk.
Volunteer with the NHS
Volunteers make a huge and often unseen contribution to the health and wellbeing of the nation, giving their time, skills and expertise to support the NHS, charities, faith and belief groups and their own communities. Why not join them as a really rewarding way to use your spare time? It can even improve your own health and wellbeing! To find out about volunteering opportunities in your local area, visit www.do-it.org.
Support NHS charities
On and around the 5 July, people up and down the country will get together to raise a cuppa and raise funds for NHS charities, 250 of which have been working behind the scenes of the organisation for the last 70 years. Why not hold your own NHS Big 7Tea? Find out more about each charity, choose one to support and download everything you need to host the perfect tea party at www.nhsbig7tea.co.uk.
Take care of yourself
In East Sussex, our population is living longer, but often people are living in poorer health, with multiple long-term conditions. To help make the NHS sustainable for future generations, we all need to be more proactive about prioritising our health and wellbeing to reduce the risk of developing lifestyle-related health conditions.
The good news is prevention is better than cure and there’s plenty we can do to improve our health, starting in childhood right through into adulthood. Visit www.oneyoueastsussex.org.uk to find out how to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life today.
Pledge to use NHS services wisely
More than 12 million GP appointments are missed every year, costing over £500 million. Almost 8 million hospital appointments are missed every year, costing nearly £1 billion. More than 9 million people were sent home from A&E in 2016/17 with advice which they could have got from a pharmacist or by calling 111.
You can pledge to use NHS services wisely as a way of giving back and saying thank you, and encourage friends and family to sign up too!
Shape the NHS of tomorrow through research
Research has built the NHS we have today. By getting involved in healthcare research, you could help shape the NHS for the future, discovering life-saving treatments, uncovering the secrets behind diseases, and developing the answers to the problems causing ill health today.
Ask your doctor, nurse, midwife or other healthcare professional whether there is a trial or study that you could take part in, or find out more about healthcare research and other ways you can get involved.
Join the team
Perhaps one of the best ways to give back and make a difference is by joining the NHS team. The NHS offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities and with more than 350 different careers on offer, there’s something for everyone.
We’re looking forward to seeing people all over East Sussex come together to celebrate the NHS. To find out more about how you can get involved and give back, visit www.nhs70.nhs.uk.