Happy 75th birthday NHS

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Today, the NHS will mark 75 years of service. To celebrate this milestone, we’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you.

To NHS staff, past and present, we want to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication. We salute your tireless efforts to drive stroke prevention and provide ongoing treatment and care.

You can find out more about the history of the NHS and the events to mark this amazing anniversary here.

In this blog, we want to take a look back at a few key milestones for stroke care over the history of the NHS.

Historic milestones

There are so many milestones in the history of the NHS. We've selected a handful that relate to stroke prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

  • 1948: the National Health Service is founded
    • With the birth of the NHS, healthcare services become free for all at the point of delivery.
  • 1948/9: Windrush and recruitment
    • In June 1948, the HMT Empire Windrush arrived in the UK. Many of the 1,000 passengers started working in the new NHS.
    • In 1949, the Ministries of Health and Labour, with the Colonial Office, the General Nursing Council and the Royal College of Nursing begin a massive recruitment drive. They wanted to recruit staff from the West Indies to come work in the NHS.
  • 1971: CT scans
  • 1980: MRI scans
  • 2007: Robotic heart surgery
  • 2017: Roll out of mechanical thrombectomy.
    • Mechanical thrombectomy is a way to physically remove a clot from the brain. You can read more about our campaign to improve thrombectomy services here.

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