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Portsmouth wishes the NHS a happy 70th birthday
05 July 2018

The city of Portsmouth today (Thursday July 5) wished the NHS a happy 70th birthday at a celebration event in the Guildhall Square.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Lee Mason, joined schoolchildren, members of the public and health teams, including the South Central Ambulance Service for an event which had strong public health messaging. 

Portsmouth City Council and the local NHS teamed up with various partner agencies for an event to mark seven decades of the NHS. 

Scores of passers-by were offered health tips, such as staying fit, how to burn off calories and stop smoking, with activities provided by the school nursing service proving a big draw for the younger children. 

People also had the chance to sign up to support the Lord Mayor’s “Small Changes, Big Difference” campaign. Cllr Mason is urging residents to join him in the quest to walk one million miles, lose one million pounds in weight, or donate one million hours to voluntary activities during his term of office. 

Cllr Mason also judged a fancy dress competition, involving around 30 children from local primary schools who were dressed as doctors, nurses and patients – including one who was having open heart surgery. 

Staff from the council and the NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is based in the Civic Offices adjoining the Guildhall Square, also took part in a ‘flash mob’ mass exercise session. 

Dr Linda Collie, the CCG’s chief clinical officer, said: “There isn’t a single person in the country whose life hasn’t been affected by the NHS in one way or another.”

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