Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

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The NHS turned 70 on 5 July 2018 and here at Medway we marked the occasion over the Summer with a number of activities involving our staff and local community.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. We are all proud of our NHS. It has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives.

Medway Maritime Hospital was originally a Royal Naval Hospital, opened by King Edward VII in 1905. 

The NHS gained the hospital from the Royal Navy in 1961, underwent a modernisation scheme and reopened as Medway Hospital in 1965. The new name - Medway Maritime Hospital, adopted in 1999, is a reflection of its naval history.