9 retro South Tyneside photos as we say happy birthday to the NHS on its 73rd anniversary

Happy 73rd birthday NHS - and here's the difference you have made on South Tyneside.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 12:04 pm
A tribute to the NHS. Are you pictured?
A tribute to the NHS. Are you pictured?

The Queen today bestowed the ultimate honour on our health service today when she awarded it the George Cross – saying its staff had worked with courage, compassion and dedication.

The George Cross is given for acts of great heroism or courage in the face of great danger and NHS staff have worked tirelessly during the pandemic.

Who can forget the emotional scenes as we clapped for the heroes during the pandemic.

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Food for thought as newly qualified practitioner at South Tyneside District Hospital, Nikki Lynn, was pictured with her 70th birthday cup cake on the day that the NHS was 70 years old. Remember this?

But the many faces of the NHS has been a source of inspiration and support throughout South Tyneside for years. Here are just a handful of reminders of the difference it makes.

The 60th anniversary of the NHS was celebrated at the Cookson Festival in Bents Park in 2008, with Heather Leach and Sue Hodgson in the photo.
A healthy eating event in South Tyneside in 2010. It was hosted by the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust community weight management team. In the picture are Eileen Wallace, Lucy Matheson, Gabrielle Miller and Megan Saunders.
The opening of the new Flagg Court Primary Care Centre 14 years ago. MP David Miliband was pictured meeting health centre staff but were you pictured?
Dave Shilton and staff were celebrating the South Tyneside NHS Trust's superb rating in a new report in this 2006 photo. Who can tell us more?
Margaret Maughan was pictured in 2018 with a photograph herself 2 years after she qualified as a Enrolled Nurse. Do you have a special piece of NHS history to share with us?
MP David Miliband unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the NHS in 2008. The occasion also marked the start of work on a new stroke unit at South Tyneside District Hospital.
Nancy Clark with a photograph of herself just after she qualified as a Nurse. Remember this from 3 years ago?
South Tyneside District Hospital staff were celebrating their NHS performing rating in this photo from 13 years ago?
How many of these scenes do you remember? Tell us more by emailing [email protected]