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Our parties in pictures: NHS 70tea at UCLH

Thanks to all who celebrated the NHS turning 70 with us. Here's an overview of what happened.

Some of the tea party judges
Some of the tea party judges

In the run up to the NHS’ 70th birthday on 5 July, we organised six tea parties at sites across UCLH to celebrate the NHS turning 70. UCLH Chairman, Lord Prior of Brampton, who hosted the parties, described the celebrations as “marking a really important occasion which brought together all people that make up UCLH, staff, patients, visitors”.

Our celebrations were part of a UK-wide campaign to celebrate the NHS turning 70 by giving thanks to the staff and services that work around the clock, 365 days a year and to highlight the role that NHS charities play in supporting healthcare. Our parties raised over £1000 that will be reinvested at UCLH to support patient care.

Flo Panel-Coates, Chief Nurse and Lisa Anderton, Head of Patient Experience gave out cakes for inpatients across the hospital
Flo Panel-Coates, Chief Nurse and Lisa Anderton, Head of Patient Experience gave out cakes for inpatients across the hospital

The parties kicked off on 3 July after the UCLH staff bake-off, which saw staff creating cakey masterpieces for scrutiny by an expert panel of judges. Read more about the Bake Off and find out who the winners were HERE. The tasty treats baked by staff were then taken to the NHS 7tea party at 250 Euston Road for other members of the UCLH team to enjoy.

The party then went to the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre before the main event - the 7tea party at the annual research open day on 5 July. We had a stand at the event, with Lord prior cutting a big NHS 70 cake to share with people at the research event.

Staff at UCH at Westmoreland Street enjoying a sweet treat
Staff at UCH at Westmoreland Street enjoying a sweet treat

Inpatients also enjoyed a sweet treat as Flo Panel-Coates, Chief Nurse, Lisa Anderton, Head of Patient Experience, and Amanda Tabor, Project Manager visited patients and ward staff giving out cupcakes – our gift to patients on this very special day.  Post birthday celebrations also took place at the Eastman Dental on the 9 July and the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital on the 11 July. UCLH Charity 7tea parties ended on a high on 18 July at University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street where many patients ate cake and raised aDid you miss out on the fun? Then why not host your own tea party?

Contact: owain.rees@nhs.net for more details. cup of tea to say happy birthday for the final time.