Biomedical scientists share NHS70 celebrations
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. Established in 1948, this public healthcare system has been one of the hallmarks of British culture, providing free healthcare for all.
Across the UK, IBMS members took to Twitter to share their celebrations of NHS70, using the hashtag #NHS70. Here are some of our favourites.
Some members showed their support:
Almost 30 years since I started life in the NHS as a trainee Biomedical Scientist. After a few career changes, so happy to be back as part of this great organisation with its wonderful people. Happy 70th, NHS!#NHS70— Lisa Emery (@LisaEmNHS) July 5, 2018
Worked 21 of those 70 years in the NHS and what an amazing organisation that deservedly needs to be celebrated and respected ??#NHS70 #HappyBirthdayNHS #BiomedicalScience @BucksHealthcare pic.twitter.com/xeXMrPlPQN— Claire Marshall (@gleni77) July 5, 2018
Happy birthday to the NHS and shout out to my parents for 30+ years of service saving lives through the art of biomedical science #HappyBirthdayNHS— Ailsa Duckworth (@ailsaduck) July 5, 2018
#NHS70 So proud to have been part of this. Me over 30 years ago as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer (now known as Biomedical Scientist) with the very glamorous Fiona Fullerton. pic.twitter.com/iuatd2OWP7— Valerie Graham (@valgraham41) July 6, 2018
IBMS member Gayantri visited the Science Museum’s superbugs exhibit. Gayantri commented,
"I celebrated the NHS turning 70 by reflecting on my 10 years’ service and visiting the National Science museum in London, I wanted to see the "Superbugs" exhibition, however was disappointed that there were no photos of Biomedical Scientists and the vital work they do!"
I was really disappointed that there was not a photo of a Biomedical Scientist in the Superbugs exhibition at The National Science museum......Now there is! #BiomedicalScience #IBMS pic.twitter.com/L5LZxA28AM— Gayatri Chohan (@GayatriChohan) July 5, 2018
Other members like Yolanda celebrated with cake:
My cake in celebration of the NHS 70th birthday. So proud of the work my colleagues put in everyday for this service. Particularly my fellow colleagues in pathology, working tirelessly to help the NHS. @MKHospital #nhs #nhsbirthday #biomedicalscience #nhs70 pic.twitter.com/R5ESqA6Ae4— Yolanda Potter (@Yolanda_Potter) July 5, 2018
And the staff at the IBMS held a tea party to raise money for charity:
Some members organised stands and held games with fuzzy microbes to promote biomedical science and the NHS, like Dr Sara Smith, lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton:
And some like IBMS member Jo Horne celebrated by visiting no. 10 Downing Street.
We are delighted to help raise the profile of biomedical scientists and show the valuable work they do in the NHS.