As the NHS celebrates its 72nd birthday this weekend, local health leaders are urging the population of Morecambe Bay to take part in the nationwide applause to thank all keyworkers.
On Sunday 5 July, it will be 72 years since the NHS began and during the last few months, it has been through the greatest test of its lifetime due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of the challenges that the NHS has faced will continue for the foreseeable future. In response to the pandemic, ways of working have evolved, evident for example in the increased use of telephone consultations and the implementation of video consultations.
Dr Geoff Jolliffe, Clinical Lead for Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Everyone working in the local NHS and across Bay Health and Care Partners has worked so hard to ensure that our organisations have coped and will continue to cope with the additional pressures we face.
“The response from the people of Morecambe Bay has been overwhelming and it’s been great to see the care in our communities as people have really gone above and beyond for others.
“A lot of lessons have been learnt during this pandemic and it’s more evident than ever that our health service needs to adapt to one that is able to focus on keeping our communities well, not just responding to illness.”
It seems only fitting, that on the birthday of the NHS, everyone can take the opportunity to come together to say thank you. Over the birthday weekend there will be a number of activities taking place across the UK, including lighting up for the NHS on the evening of Saturday 4 July and a nationwide applause for all keyworkers on Sunday 5 July.
Dr Jolliffe added: “As well as those who work for the NHS there are so many people in all sorts of roles that have contributed to the coronavirus effort and this includes; teachers, carers, bus drivers, refuse workers and so many more.
“This weekend, the NHS will be coming together to say its very own ‘thank you’ to everyone who has helped support it during the most difficult of times.”
You can show your support for the NHS' birthday by joining the #ThankYouTogether initiative and you can make your own personalised thank you to display. Then, on the evening of 4 July put a light in your window – an LED candle, a lamp or a torch – to remember those we have lost.
Local landmarks will also be lit up as part of a collective memorial, including the main hospital sites in Barrow, Lancaster and Kendal, as well as the Hoad Monument in Ulverston, the Ashton Memorial in Williamson’s Park, Lancaster and the clock faces on Lancaster Town Hall and Barrow Town Hall.
Finally, at 5pm on Sunday 5 July join the country in a one-off clap to say thank you to everyone who has helped us over the past six months to help respond to this global pandemic. Find out more about the Together initiative.