NHS70 celebrations

70 years logoThe NHS, 70 years on 

In July 2018 the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, so we are reflecting on just how far healthcare has come in the last 70 years. Basingstoke has seen some incredible advancements in healthcare Here are just a few of the milestones.

Building work for Basingstoke District Hospital first began in 1969 and opened its doors in 1974 with an official opening by HRH Princess Alexandra. The Princess returned in 2005 to officially open our Diagnosis and Treatment Centre (DTC).1975 princess

In 1999, Basingstoke Hospital became the first site anywhere in Europe to use equipment operated by voice commands for keyhole surgery.  The intricate keyhole shoulder surgery was performed by Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr John Britton.

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital is one of only two national specialist centres for an extremely rare condition, pseudomyxoma peritonei. Since its establishment in 2000, the team of specialists have cared for patients from across the country, who are referred to the unit for assessment and treatment from all over the United Kingdom.

DTC opening princess

In 2012, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) was formed from Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester and Andover War Memorial Hospital, to create one Trust caring for a combined population of around 600,0000 people.

In July 2017, HHFT became the first Trust in Britain to carry out a new procedure for the common problem of enlargement of the prostate. This exciting new treatment could improve the lives of thousands of men. The procedure, called Rezum, was carried out by consultant urologist Mr Richard Hindley.

In 2018 HHFT became the first Trust in the UK to use a new state of the art technology which helps to diagnose the life threatening condition, sepsis, earlier. With just a handful of early adopters in Europe, the the microbiology and infection department was involved in the development of this technology and will continue to have an active role sharing their learnings. 

A massive thank you to all of the staff who have been part of team NHS. We are incredibly proud of their continued dedication, compassion and hard work to deliver outstanding patient care every day

To celebrate 70 years of the NHS, we’ll be reflecting on the extraordinary advancements in healthcare over the years as well as hearing from patients, staff and volunteers who have been part of our journey – so watch this space!

There’s also lots of ways you can get involved in marking this special occasion, whether that’s fundraising for the Hampshire Hospitals Charity through hosting a Big 7Tea party, or giving the NHS a special birthday present by donating blood or your time as a volunteer at one of our hospitals.

Big 7Tea fundraising pack

The NHS Big7Tea will be a chance for people up and down the country to come together and toast 70 years of the NHS on Thursday 5 July. Host your own tea party and invite friends, family and colleagues along to mark the occasion and support the vital work of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Click here to register for your 7tea fundraising pack