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NHS 75th anniversary: A look back at Newark Hospital over the decades through the Newark Advertiser archives





To mark the 75th anniversary of the NHS, the Advertiser has opened its photographic archives to look back over seven decades of Newark Hospital.

The NHS was born on July 5, 1948, as the first universal health system to be available to all, free at the point of delivery.

It now treats more than a million people every day from all walks of life, from the most simple of ailments to complex medical needs.

The children's ward at Newark Hospital in 1950.
The children's ward at Newark Hospital in 1950.
Newark Hospital 2007
Newark Hospital 2007
Newark Hospital 1996
Newark Hospital 1996

Over the years the treatments have changed and developed, but the care that was at the heart of the service from the very start still remains strong today.

Newark Hospital has been at the heart of health provision in Newark much longer than the NHS has been in existence, providing for the people of the town and surrounding areas.

The Advertiser’s photographic archive runs from the very early days of the NHS in the 1950s to present day.

Here are a selection of photos from across the decades.

Television Pres to Hospital by FC Jan 1973
Television Pres to Hospital by FC Jan 1973
Newark Hospital 1996
Newark Hospital 1996
Newark Hospital 1996
Newark Hospital 1996
Newark Hospital prize day 1971
Newark Hospital prize day 1971

They include images of staff who have worked at the various hospital sites over the years and rare photos of inside the various hospital departments.

Over the years there have also been many visitors to the hospital, including some famous faces.

Mickey Mouse at Newark Hospital Dec 1971
Mickey Mouse at Newark Hospital Dec 1971
Presentation to kids ward Newark Hospital by White Heather Social Club Staunton Feb 1974
Presentation to kids ward Newark Hospital by White Heather Social Club Staunton Feb 1974
Duchess of Portland opening hawtonville hospital 1963
Duchess of Portland opening hawtonville hospital 1963
Colllingham Brownies Presentation to Hospital Nov 1973
Colllingham Brownies Presentation to Hospital Nov 1973

And although the hospital was part of the NHS, it still relied to some extent on donations from the public – and there have been many.

It is also reliant on his army of volunteers who provide support for staff.

Newark Hospital 1996
Newark Hospital 1996
Volunteers at Newark Hospital
Volunteers at Newark Hospital
Volunteers at Newark Hospital
Volunteers at Newark Hospital
Volunteers at Newark Hospital
Volunteers at Newark Hospital

And, there have been times when the hospital’s future has seen to be under threat, and each time the public have stepped up to defend its service.

Save Newark Hospital campaign 2012
Save Newark Hospital campaign 2012
Mayors Hospital Petition Sept 1973
Mayors Hospital Petition Sept 1973
Newark Hospital petition 1978
Newark Hospital petition 1978

Whatever the event, they have been covered by the Advertiser.

Newark Hospital casualty 1962
Newark Hospital casualty 1962
Newark Hospital theatre 1968
Newark Hospital theatre 1968
Hawtonville Hospital matrons 1962
Hawtonville Hospital matrons 1962

Do these photos bring back any memories for you?



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