The photographs will cover the early days when general, elderly care and specialist services were split between city centre sites and Odstock, to the modern day Salisbury District Hospital where Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust provides all its local and regional services.
The exhibition is one of a number of events planned throughout the year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS and highlight the way in which the NHS has developed into a modern health service since it began on the 5 July 1948.
On Friday, July 4 staff and visitors will be able to choose authentic dishes prepared from 1948 recipes in Springs Restaurant. On Saturday, July 5 patients will be able to choose from a special menu featuring dishes from 1948 and signature dishes from hospital chefs. All new babies born on the day will also receive a special commemorative certificate marking the occasion
The photographic exhibition, together with other NHS memorabilia, will move to the Salisbury Museum in October, with new announcements around technology and improved services taking places throughout the year.
Youngsters from the hospital’s holiday playscheme have already been involved in the design of a new drape to hang in the hospital and children in the Day Nursery have planted a tree on the Green.
Peter Hill, Acting Chief Executive said: “Local people will have seen many changes over the years to the NHS and their local hospital. Advances in technology, new and pioneering treatments and modern first class facilities have been introduced, with more developments planned for the future. This year gives us the opportunity to reflect on the NHS over the last 60 years and look forward to a bright and positive health service for the future.”
As part of the celebrations, staff will have a day when they can enjoy free access to staff club facilities including swimming pool, gym and squash courts and enjoy a ‘diamond’ party for staff.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170