Local residents have been thanking the NHS in the run up to the 70th birthday of the organisation by filling in postcards in a campaign co-ordinated by North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.
The postcards have been available in GP practices throughout Colchester and Tendring and Colchester Library, along with Memory Boxes, where members of the public have been able to tell the CCG the reasons why they love the NHS.
One patient wrote, “In 1950 we had an outbreak of meningitis on our road. Four of us little playmates became seriously ill. One little girl of five years died before my eyes in the isolation hospital in Westcliff-on-Sea. I was extremely lucky responding to new drugs and survived to live a very full life. Thank you to the NHS!”
Another wrote, “Thank you for taking such good care of my mum in her final years with lung cancer with dignity and respect.”
For some, the response was simple, with one patient writing, “Thank you for always putting me back together!”
Sam Hepplewhite, Chief Officer of the CCG, said, “We’ve been overwhelmed by really rich, heart-warming responses from our local public and we’d like to thank everybody who took part. It’s important for all of us to celebrate 70 fantastic years of the NHS. We’d also like to say a big thank you to all those involved in providing the services that we commission in north east Essex, who have helped to create all of these wonderful memories of the NHS.”
The CCG is still collecting postcards and is planning on displaying them to the public later this summer. If you would like to share your memories of the NHS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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