Seventy years of National Health Service memories in South Tyneside

NHS   'Danesfield Maternity Hospital Jarrow October 1960
NHS 'Danesfield Maternity Hospital Jarrow October 1960

Today we take a look at the changing face of the NHS in South Tyneside – almost seven whole decades since the organisation was created.

On July 5 this year, the National Health Service will celebrate 70 years of pioneering medical advances and world- class treatments and raise a toast to its dedicated employees and supporters.

September 1970  Ingham Infirmary   'Right, Sister Sarah Cain and Nurse Margaret Maughan keeping equipment in the theatre in order.

September 1970 Ingham Infirmary 'Right, Sister Sarah Cain and Nurse Margaret Maughan keeping equipment in the theatre in order.

Since its creation by the Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan in 1948 at Park Hospital, in Manchester, the service has evolved to benefit every corner of the country too.

NHS England now deals with more than a million patients every 36 hours, so the chances are you or a loved one will have been at the receiving end of the life-saving or life-changing treatment at some point or another and will have the stories to tell.

As part of this year’s celebrations, events, exhibitions, awards and initiatives have been planned around the country to celebrate the past achievements and the future of the NHS.

Today we publish various pictures from days gone by of how healthcare was offered in the borough.

May 1963  Members of the South Shields Round Table at work on the children's playground which they are constructing at South Shields General Hospital.

May 1963 Members of the South Shields Round Table at work on the children's playground which they are constructing at South Shields General Hospital.

In the time since its creation, NHS services have been offered at various sites in and around South Tyneside - some of which are no longer with us.

Perhaps you were born in one of the hospitals, or your children were.

Or maybe you or a member of your family has worked at one of the hospitals sites which provide care to so many people in the borough.

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May 1976     'Three trainee nurses at South Shields General Hospital,  left to right: Ruth Willis, 19; Jacqueline Hutchinson, 20; Elizabeth Charlton, 20.

May 1976 'Three trainee nurses at South Shields General Hospital, left to right: Ruth Willis, 19; Jacqueline Hutchinson, 20; Elizabeth Charlton, 20.

November 1973   Ingham Infirmary' A resucitation machine, costing �380, was accepted from Mrs R Turnbull, joint county borough organiser of the WRVS.  Sister Beryl Hogg, right, demonstrates the machine.

November 1973 Ingham Infirmary' A resucitation machine, costing �380, was accepted from Mrs R Turnbull, joint county borough organiser of the WRVS. Sister Beryl Hogg, right, demonstrates the machine.

June 1991   'A digger clears another load of bricks and mortar away from the Ingham Infirmary which is to make way for housing.

June 1991 'A digger clears another load of bricks and mortar away from the Ingham Infirmary which is to make way for housing.

May 1980  South Shields General Hospital employees demonstrate in support of the TUC's Day of Action.

May 1980 South Shields General Hospital employees demonstrate in support of the TUC's Day of Action.