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Open day festival at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to celebrate 70 years of the NHS

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An open day festival is to be held at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) and Buckinghamshire Care Commissioning Group(CCG) are celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS by inviting the public, staff, friends and family to an open day festival and joint annual general meeting (AGM) at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on Saturday 28th July from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

The open day will enable people to go behind the scenes at the hospital and enjoy live entertainment, food and free fun activities for the whole family.

A central health fair will feature information stands by many of the Trust’s clinical departments as well as other health and care partners, such as Healthy Minds Bucks, giving the public a closer look at what services are available to them locally. There will be mini health checks available alongside information on what people can do to keep themselves and their families fit and healthy.

Visitors will be able to go behind the scenes by booking onto tours, including tours of the mortuary and day surgery at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. There will also be a number of activities for children including a teddy bear trail through the hospital, with prizes to be won. Festivalgoers can also enjoy a variety of performers including local band OMJ who will be playing jazz through ages, transporting people from the 1940’s through the past 7 decades to the present.

The joint AGM is planned to run from 11.45am to around 12.30pm. This is also open to the public who will be able to hear about BHT and the CCG’s work over the last year.

BHT chief nurse Carolyn Morrice says: ‘The open day is an opportunity for communities across Buckinghamshire to come together and celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, and to find out what their local health and care services have to offer to keep them healthy and well for the next 70 years. It should be fun day out for the whole family and we hope to see you all there.

Further details on the event can be found on the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust website at www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/BucksNHS70.

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