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All this week we're joining in with the celebrations for the 70th birthday of the National Health Service. Follow along on Twitter to hear our Happy Birthday messages from staff and patients. We’d also love to hear memories and stories of your experiences with the NHS. You can share them with us on social media using #NHS70.

Happy Birthday NHS!

View our playlist of video birthday wishes from staff here at the University of Birmingham:

Did you know?

  • It's not just the NHS's birthday this month - our Medical School also marks it's 80th birthday this year.
  • Lady Noreen Elizabeth Murray graduated as a Phd student at the University in 1959 and went on to develop a vaccine against hepatitis B - the first genetically-engineered vaccine approved for human use.
  • The first woman professor of paediatrics in the UK was Professor Charlotte Anderson, at our Medical School. She went on to demonstrate the role of gluten fraction of wheat in Coeliac Disease, leading to the introduction of gluten-free diets.
  • The area around our campus has the highest density of medical and life sciences activity in the UK, with over 500 medical technology companies based here – more than in any other UK region.
  • The University is a member of Birmingham Health Partners - an alliance whose mission is to harness research strengths at the University and the NHS to deliver better treatments and care for patients.
  • We have helped create a dressing which will prevent problematic scarring in trauma victims. The dressing is the first of its kind and is being tested on burns patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in a three-year clinical trial.
  • Our research has influenced national policy for MRSA screening - this has helped the NHS reduce these infections by more than 80%.
  • Nearly 400 doctors graduate from our Medical School every year.
  • In 2017 we led of the largest clinical trials for prostate cancer which found that adding Abiraterone to hormone therapy at the start of treatment improves survival by 37 per cent.
  • Sir Paul Nurse received the Nobel Prize for his work on cell cycle regulations - which enabled the development of new treatments and medicines for cancer. He graduated from Birmingham in 1970 with a BSc in Biology.
  • In the 1960s alumni Leon Abrams and Ray Lightwood developed and implanted the world’s first patient controlled variable rate heart pacemaker.

NHS at 70 podcast

In Episode 2 of our podcast series Friday afternoon at the Bratby, Matt Collins chats with Professor Martin Powell and Dr Sophie Cox. Would today’s NHS be recognisable to its founder, Aneurin Bevan, and what needs to be done to ensure that the NHS has a sustainable future? Can healthcare technologies help meet some of the challenges that the NHS faces?

Find out more

More about our NHS contributions and achievements