03 July 2018
A ceremonial tree planting took place in Southend University Hospital’s recently refurbished Jubilee Garden as part of the Trust’s celebrations for 70 years of the NHS.
The tree, a cherry tree to match those that line the iconic old
Prittlewell entrance, was planted by the hospital's Chairman, Alan
Tobias OBE, and the hospital's Managing Director, Yvonne Blucher,
in front of over 100 hospital staff from across all areas of the
There was also a large 70th birthday cake, which the
assembled crowd got to enjoy - only after singing happy birthday of
Alan said: "The NHS was created out of the ideal that good
healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. It's
great that so many staff have been able to join us today and show
their continuing pride working for the NHS and Southend Hospital.
I'd like to thank our staff for all they do, day in and day
Yvonne said: "On Thursday 5 July our NHS celebrates its
70th birthday, and many of our wards and departments
will be taking part in the Big 7Tea, enjoying afternoon teas. Even
our local schools are getting involved by dressing up as NHS
"The site leadership team members will be visiting departments
across the Trust and are looking forward to hearing staff memories
and experiences of working in the NHS over the years. I'm proud to
work for the NHS and I know our staff are too."