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NHS 70: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

The National Health Service is turning 70 years old on 5 July 2018.

It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

Find out what we’re doing to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday and how you can get involved.

News and blogs

Cold weather alert: Level 1 – winter preparedness and action

Issued at 8.03am on Friday 16 February 2018 Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed Cold Weather Alert threshold criteria in any region from 9:00am 16 February 2018 until further notice. Find out more about staying well this winter. More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website.

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Primary care

GPs and practice teams provide vital services for patients. They are at the heart of our communities, the foundation of the NHS.

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Cancer outcomes have improved notably over recent years, including survival rates, which have never been higher.

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Mental health

One in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do.