NHS Birthday 2021

Image of the NHS Birthday 2021 showing a healthcare professional vaccinating a patient

It has been an extremely challenging year for the NHS and the country as a whole, but also a year of hope.

The NHS turned 73 on Monday 5 July, and on the day that the Queen awarded the George Cross to the National Health Services of the UK, we took the 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 – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

Find out more about the NHS’s Birthday and how everyone got involved.

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Simon Stevens welcomes the Queen’s George Cross award to the NHS

The Queen has awarded the George Cross to the National Health Services of the UK, recognising all NHS staff, past and present, in all four nations.

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