The Friends of The Richardson Hospital, along with current and
former staff, will be hanging out the bunting and hosting a free
open morning, on Thursday 5th July, as the nation
celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS which began
caring for patients in 1948.
Iris Hillery, Secretary of The Friends of Richardson Hospital,
said, "The nursing teams in particular have worked very hard
planning a special day. There will be lots going on and everyone
will be welcome to come along from 10.00am - 12.00 noon.
We've put together displays of photographs showing the history of
The Richardson, going back to 1948 and there will also be old
uniforms and equipment to look at, demonstrating the changes that
have taken place during the last 70 years. There will also be
scones to enjoy with a hot or cold drink.
"There will be live music from the 1940s, and we're looking
forward to welcoming former colleagues who can take the opportunity
for a trip down memory lane. We're delighted that the Mayor
of Barnard Castle, Councillor Mrs Sandra Moorhouse, is also coming
"Visitors will be able to find out about the services on offer
at the hospital, such as physiotherapy and occupational
"The community in Teesdale are very proud of their much-loved
hospital and give the Friends great support to help maintain
excellent services. We are looking forward to celebrating
with the staff and patients."
Julie Race, Associate Director of Nursing at County Durham &
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, added, "This is a great
opportunity for us as healthcare professionals to celebrate this
NHS milestone with the local community. We're also making
sure our patients are able to join in the celebrations and a
special commemorative menu has been developed for their meals on
5th July. They'll enjoy a three course lunch and a
further three course early evening supper. There will also be
afternoon tea and cakes."
Published 3rd July 2018
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
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