A giant birthday card signed by hundreds of Haringey residents has been given to the staff of North Middlesex University Hospital to thank them for their work over 70 years since the NHS was founded.
The 30 inch card, dedicated to “NHS staff past and present” is covered with goodwill messages from local people. One wrote: “You saved my life in 1958!” Another wrote: “Thank you for saving my son’s life.” Another wrote simply: “So proud of the NHS. Thank you!”
Hornsey and Wood Green MP Catherine West and Councillor Peray Ahmet, Haringey Council cabinet member for adults and health, collected the messages from local residents and shoppers in Crouch End and presented the card to Mark Vaughan, the hospital’s director of human resources, today (19 July).
Catherine West MP said: “The card is a thankyou from the people of Haringey for the great work your staff do and have done over many years. Many local people depend on the care you provide.”
Councillor Peray Ahmet said: “I was born at North Mid. You are such an important part of the community and so many of us have received care from you.”
The presentation came a fortnight after a celebration tea party at North Mid to mark the founding of the NHS in 1948. A seven tier birthday cake was ceremonially cut by the Trust’s Chair, Dusty Amroliwala, and shared with inpatients, visitors and staff.
Fifty-six children from Wilbury Junior School opened the day of festivities with a rendition of “Happy Birthday,” and 20 stalls showcased the hospital's services and the work of community partners like Healthwatch, SGV Cancer Support and Age UK.
The hospital, founded in 1910 as the Edmonton Infirmary, was renamed in 1920 as North Middlesex Hospital. It joined the NHS in 1948. Since then it has been transformed with new buildings and services.
A new tower block was built in the late Sixties and the hospital’s brand new main building and maternity unit were built and opened in the last decade. Over half the hospital’s 3,250 staff live in Enfield and Haringey.
Chief Executive Maria Kane said: “Seventy years is a fantastic milestone for any organisation and North Mid has come a long way thanks to our incredible and dedicated staff. We are all very grateful for the many kind birthday wishes and the support we have received from the local community on this great occasion. We are proud to be able to provide local people with such high quality health services, free of charge, thanks to the NHS and we will continue to do so.”