HOSPITAL staff is taking a step back in time to celebrate 60 years of the NHS.
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is holding a number of special events to mark the landmark anniversary.
The NHS was created on July 5, 1948, bringing together 2,700 hospitals nationwide run by charities or local authorities.
To celebrate Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary will be offering staff and visitors the chance to sample the culinary delights of the era.
Sweet and savoury dishes on offer include Spam, steak and kidney pudding, potato and onion pie, jam roly-poly pudding, sago pudding and spotted dick.
There will be a different menu choice each day, available from the hospitals’ dining rooms, which will also be decorated in colourful balloons and bunting.
To take visitors back in time to the post-war era, music from the stars of the time, including hits from jazz founding father Duke Ellington, will be played in the background.
There will also be displays showing photographs and artefacts from down the years, and at Calderdale the Pelican statue, the symbol of the old infirmary, will go on show alongside some of the nurses’ trophies and the old Infirmary Cup.
On July 9 there will be a special thanksgiving held at St Stephen’s Church in Lindley and a service in Halifax which is celebrating 200 years of the public health service later in the year. Special 60th birthday cakes will also be lit.
Sukhdev Sharma, the trust’s chairman, said: “Sixty years of the NHS is something this country should be very proud of. I am very proud to be part of the NHS locally as it celebrates its 60th year.
“It also gives me the opportunity to thank all our staff now and down the years. Healthcare demands are changing constantly yet the dedication and professionalism of staff remain constant, enabling our hospitals to deliver an excellent healthcare service for the people of Halifax and Huddersfield.”