Happy birthday NHS!

1 July 2022

It's the NHS's birthday on Tuesday 5th July, marking 74 years of universal, free healthcare! It's time to celebrate the founding values of our NHS - putting our communities and patients first - which shine through in the work of our doctors, nurses and health workers every day. 

However, this week new research has shown that privatisation in our NHS has been linked to an increase in preventable deaths since the 2012 Health and Social Care Act. Now that the latest Health and Care Act has come into law, re-organising the NHS again into new 'Integrated Care Systems', it's up to us to make sure that health leaders take this as an opportunity to put our lives before profits. 

You can take action this Monday 4th July, the day before the NHS' birthday, by joining local We Own It supporters in delivering a 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY NHS' card to your new local NHS leaders.

One big birthday card collating messages from people across your region will be delivered in each area, so you don't need to bring anything except friends and family to send an important message: the best way to celebrate our NHS is for local ICS chairs to put the health of our communities before profit by banning private companies from sitting on their decision-making boards! 

Join your local action at 1pm Monday July 4th - find the address for your nearest birthday card delivery party below!

Not sure which ICS you live in? Find out using our tool here.

If you are based in London, sign up to join us delivering a card to NHS England here. 

If you are not able to make an in person action, or are based in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can send your birthday message here. 

All the actions listed below will happen at 1pm on July 4th - just turn up to your nearest address listed at that time.

Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire ICS

Great Western Hospital
Marlborough Road

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICS

Milton Keynes University Hospital
Standing Way,
Milton Keynes,

Birmingham and Solihull ICS

Birmingham Community Healthcare
Trust Headquarters, 3 Priestley Wharf, Holt Street,
Birmingham Science Park, Aston,
B7 4BN

BOB (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West) ICS

Warnford Hospital, Headington (for Oxford Health)

Warneford Ln,


Oxford OX3 7JX

This action starts at 12:45 pm

Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire ICS

Southmead Hospital
Southmead Road
Bristol BS10 5NB

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS

Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Cheshire and Merseyside ICS

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust,
Crown Street
L8 7SS

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly ICS

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust,
Carew House,
Beacon Technology Park,
Dunmere Rd,
PL31 2QN

Coventry and Warwickshire ICS

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust,
Wayside House,
Wilsons Lane,

Derby and Derbyshire ICS

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust,
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 3NE

Devon ICS

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust,
Derriford Road

Dorset ICS

Dorset County Hospital
Williams Avenue
Dorset DT1 2JY

Frimley ICS

There will not be an action for Frimley ICS, but the card is being delivered by post. 

Gloucestershire ICS

Edward Jenner Court, 1010
Pioneer Avenue,
Gloucester Business Park,
Gloucester, GL3 4AW

Greater Manchester ICS

Trust Headquarters, Cobbett House
Oxford Road
M13 9WL

Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICS

Queen Alexandra Hospital,

Herefordshire and Worcestershire ICS

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust,
2 Kings Court
Charles Hastings Way

Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS

The Colonnades
Beaconsfield Road
AL10 8YE

Humber, Coast and Vale ICS

York Hospital
Wigginton Road
YO31 8HE

Kent and Medway ICS

Medway Maritime Hospital
Windmill Road

Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust,
Sceptre Point,
Sceptre Way,
Walton Summit,

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICS

C/O Glenfield Hospital
Groby Road

Lincolnshire ICS

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
St George's, Lincoln

Mid and South Essex ICS

Essex Partnership University
The Lodge,
Lodge Approach,
SS11 7XX

Norfolk and Waveney ICS

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Colney Lane

North Central London ICS

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Ground Floor 15
Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JD

North East and North Cumbria ICS

Freeman Hospital,
Freeman Road,
High Heaton,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

North West London ICS

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Headquarters
350 Euston Road
Regent's Place

Northamptonshire ICS

There will not be an action for Northamptonshire ICS, but the card is being delivered by post. 

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS

Duncan Macmillan House
Porchester Road

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS

Ptarmigan House
Shrewsbury Business Park

Somerset ICS

Musgrove Park Hospital,

South East London ICS

Guy's Hospital
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT

South West London ICS

St George’s Hospital
Blackshaw Road
London SW17 0QT

South Yorkshire ICS

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust,
Fulwood House,
Old Fulwood Road,
S10 3TH

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICS

Royal Stoke University Hospital,
Newcastle Road

Suffolk and North East Essex ICS

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Headquarters
Hellesdon Hospital
Drayton High Road

Surrey Heartlands ICS

Ashford Hospital, London Road,
TW15 3AA

Sussex ICS

Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove

The Black Country ICS

New Cross Hospital
Wolverhampton Road
WV10 0QP

West Yorkshire ICS

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust,
First Floor, Stockdale House
Headingley Office Park,
Victoria Road Leeds

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J S HORRIDGE replied on Permalink

Why not an insurance style scheme charging according to means that no government can interfere with to support the NHS?

Lindsey March replied on Permalink

This is corrupt and scandalous. And shameless.

Jennet replied on Permalink

Disgraceful privatisation by the back door at the cost of patients lives and hospital staff who go above and beyond to care for us, often risking and/or losing their lives. As an ex Domiciliary Care Manager I applaud you all for all you do as I know a little of how hard it is. Please try to enjoy the day and always be proud to work in caring for people. I thank you on behalf of me, my family and my good friends.

Chris Campbell replied on Permalink

This stupid privatisation plan by the government needs to be stopped to prevent any more unnecessary lives lost. Privatisation is NOT the answer to any problems

Mick Hills replied on Permalink

Keep fighting for our precious NHS

Arthur CUMMINS replied on Permalink

Public = OWNED by the people :

Service = to BENEFIT the people:

Public Services = NOT FOR PROFIT of anybody except the People.

Profiteers = Investors, Share-holders, Pension-fund Managers; = HANDS OFF!

Dr Pete Widlinski replied on Permalink

I love the NHS despite the under funding, the recent cuts and private profit making, but for the NHS to survive and provide the very best it can be, it has to be run as a full public service without any private companies involved whatsoever

Lucienne Jackson replied on Permalink

No to Privatisation of our NHS

Gillian Parkin replied on Permalink

I worked in the NHS all my working life and saw it eroded by government after government, with new policies and structures. Privatisation has ruined this wonderful and precious service, from top to bottom across all levels of service. Stop this now!!

Margaret Sandland replied on Permalink

NHS must remain free for all!

Ernest phillips replied on Permalink

The private sector have been involved for meany years and have never done any good for the people, I’ve seen first hand wards shutting, private sector using NHS wards and equipment with no returns coming back and doctors taking private patients over NHS on meany occasions. This all needs stopping, should have been stopped years ago.

Jennifer replied on Permalink

Stop this Privatisation of our NHS

Harry replied on Permalink

I was 10 years old when our, absolutely transformative, Labour Government created the National Health Service, Not only that, but we also got an outstanding 'Corporation House' as part of this unbelievable 'Cradle to Grave' people's new dawn. So... despite having lived my early life in Healthe and Housing poverty the SUPER (1945) Labour Government's commitment to bring 'Health, Happiness, and Prosperity, within the reach of ordinary people (who won the peace and provided all the nations wealth) was indeed the 'stuff of dreams'.

These wonderful 'Socialist' men and women were able to see the future and they knew that we had to create a Country, in which every man woman and child would be strong and healthy. This philosophy, of developing and using all of our Country's human talents, were.. and remain, absolutely essential, if we are to stand any chance of maintaining a healthy and intellectually empowered people, who are able to continue to create and maintain a modern, kind and caring society.

Sam ross replied on Permalink

Our NHS has saved my life twice I wouldn't be here without them!the NHS is ours we pay for it and most other country's admire what we achieved n that's why the torys want to destroy it and us!!

Brenda Roberts replied on Permalink

We must hold on to the NHS. The world envies us our marvellous NHS.

Anthony smith replied on Permalink

Happy birthday NHS, here's to many more years of remaining free to use for everyone & hoping as a birthday present it gets some proper funding & isn't privatised

R Dowthwaite replied on Permalink

When the NHS was setup the working class both ordinary and extraordinary British people had been through two wars, they new just how badly the rich and powerful had treated them and they saw the light and demanded a more equal and fairer society. I while growing up in extreme poverty (by todays standards)

still bnefited by having free: doctors, dentists. and more. Mrs Thatcher allowed a culture of greed to grow, this now invites greed from abroad as if we didn't have enough of our own. We ought to learn from history!

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