NHS 70: Olympic Stadium among landmarks to honour NHS’ birthday

The Olympic Stadium will turn blue tonight for the NHS. Picture: John Walton/PA

The Olympic Stadium will turn blue tonight for the NHS. Picture: John Walton/PA - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

The Olympic Stadium in Stratford will be celebrating the NHS’ 70th birthday with a tribute video on its outdoor screen tonight.

A banner and bunting at Newham University Hospital. Picture: @NewhamHospital

A banner and bunting at Newham University Hospital. Picture: @NewhamHospital - Credit: Archant

Iconic buildings across the country will be paying tribute to the landmark day, with the Blackpool Tower, York Minster and the London Eye being lit up in blue in its’ honour.

The BT tower in Fitzrovia will also be running a birthday message on its information band.

As part of the birthday celebrations. Newham University Hospital held a bunting design competition, with the winning bunting being displayed around the hospital, while staff were also given birthday cake.

There’ll be a national service at Westminster Abbey at lunchtime today, with participants including Dr Martin Griffiths, a trauma surgeon who treated victims of the London Bridge attack, and Freya Lewis, a survivor of the Manchester Arena attack.

Cakes being delivered to staff at Newham University Hospital. Picture: @NewhamHospital

Cakes being delivered to staff at Newham University Hospital. Picture: @NewhamHospital - Credit: Archant


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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will be giving a reading, and Olive Belfield, who was in the first group of NHS recruits in 1948, will also speak.

People are also being encouraged to hold tea parties as part of the NHS Big 70tea initiative, to raise money for the health service’s charities.

Newham's endoscopy department on the NHS' 70th birthday. Picture: @NewhamHospital

Newham's endoscopy department on the NHS' 70th birthday. Picture: @NewhamHospital - Credit: Archant

Gabriella Oguntoye who works in the haematology day unit. Picture: @NewhamHospital

Gabriella Oguntoye who works in the haematology day unit. Picture: @NewhamHospital - Credit: Archant

Head of finance at the hospital, Paul Kimber, joining in with the celebrations. Picture: @NewhamHosp

Head of finance at the hospital, Paul Kimber, joining in with the celebrations. Picture: @NewhamHospital - Credit: Archant

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