Firstname, you were the 44,353,288 th baby welcomed into the world by our NHS.
In all likelihood, the first person you ever saw was a member of NHS staff.
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I was the 45,618,163rd baby born on the NHS.
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On the day of your birth, our NHS had been treating patients for 66 years, 0 months and 0 days.
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46 years before you were born, NHS doctors performed Britain’s first heart transplant.
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36 years before you were born, NHS staff delivered the world’s first IVF baby — thanks to pioneering work by NHS doctors.
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5 years before you were born the NHS introduced a target to start treatment for cancer patients within two months of referral.
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Firstname, there are 8,177,593 men and women in Britain today who experienced life here before the NHS.
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“My mother had five children, all born in the living room of our small home as hospital care was only for emergencies. No vaccinations, so measles, chicken pox and mumps were all treated at home. The introduction of the NHS was a miracle for us.” - Marion, Dorset, born 13 years before the NHS
“My mother was a very long time in labour with me, and was hospitalised for a forceps delivery. Apparently when she first saw me I had a black eye and one arm in a sling. I recovered well, but the cost was £5. My father was then a low- ranking RAF serviceman, and that was almost a month's wages.” - Christopher, Devon, born nine years before the NHS
“As a child, we used folk remedies instead of medicine. We lived in dread of polio and in summer were often banned from swimming in case we caught it. On the odd occasion we saw an ambulance taking someone to the fever hospital there was worry for days. It was a great relief when the NHS arrived.” - Christina, Sheffield, born 14 years before the NHS
“My abiding memory of the days before the NHS was the fear in my mother’s eyes when my brother or I became ill. That is all it takes.” - Tom, Warwickshire, born 13 years before the NHS
“My father was a railway worker, so we were very poor. My mother got breast cancer in 1947, just a year before the NHS arrived. We had to pay a doctor to have him tell us the worst news. She got sick very quickly and died, suffering, when I was 13. People tend to take the NHS for granted now, but we must not forget how bad things were.” - David, Lincolnshire, born 11 years before the NHS
“I qualified as a doctor during the war. Before the NHS, a significant proportion of patients came into A&E because they could not afford to pay for a doctor. Only public health advice was free and treatment of contagious diseases. The post-war Labour government changed all that.” - Patricia, London, born 27 years before the NHS
“Before the NHS came in my family sent for the doctor in case of emergency only. My parents never got used to their right to visit a GP free, which I think contributed to my father’s death when he was only 50 — he had been ignoring pain. What a boon we have in the NHS.” - Mary, Newcastle, born 19 years before the NHS
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