16 July 2018

Happy Birthday NHS

Happy birthday, NHS

By Simon Whalley, Chairman at Birtley House

 

The NHS, one of the UK’s most iconic, respected and essential institutions, turned 70 on 5 July. The well-deserved plaudits failed, however, to recognise that the ‘free for all’ system was built on a structure that already provided highly skilled nurses and doctors but failed to fully recognise how important the support of the care sector would be.

With the continual debate around the future of the NHS relentlessly discussed in the media, particularly with reference to the pressure it is under amidst the backdrop of shrinking government budget, let us not forget all that it has done for the UK population in the seven decades since it was born.

And whilst we reflect on the NHS’s key achievements, I feel that now is probably an opportune time to point out that even before the NHS was brought to life, there were some innovators that were delivering social care in both the charitable and private sectors

Amongst these were Birtley House Nursing Home, which was founded by Eyhurst Court Ltd, an already successful long-standing care home business.

Founded by Dr Lloyd Driver – my Grandfather – who, prior to the First World War, helped pioneer the medical use of X-rays and acted as an army surgeon during the War, started to take patients suffering from mental illness into his own home. The several years spent providing care prior to the nursing home’s registration in 1932, means that Birtley House – the name adopted from the house in 1945 - is probably the oldest family-owned care home in the UK.

Just as Birtley House has evolved over the years, the NHS continues to evolve in line with the needs of the population and in accordance with government budgets. Moves to bring ‘health’ and ‘care’ together are very welcome but there is still a long way to go. My only hope is that, despite the strain it is under, the Government continues to deliver what it originally set out to achieve, which was to provide an inclusive service that afforded everyone the access to good care and the dignity that each and every one of us deserves at times of need.

19 October 2018
A rare Birtley Mews opportunity
A rare Birtley Mews opportunity

Independent living in the finest surroundings

09 October 2018
Holistic care with gardening at Birtley House
Holistic care with gardening at Birtley House

Its not just our house that is your home, our garden is too...

04 October 2018
'Team work will make our dream work'
'Team work will make our dream work'

Our inspirational team of nurses and carers, recapping in the garden after a week of appraisals and reviews...

28 September 2018
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon a great success!
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon a great success!

A brilliant afternoon of coffee, cake and prize winning.

27 September 2018
The Countdown to our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

3...2...1...

26 September 2018
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon at Birtley House

Let's get ready to go!

24 September 2018
A visit from the Virtual Dementia Tour
A visit from the Virtual Dementia Tour

Experiencing how it feels to live with Dementia

18 September 2018
Birtley Apple Tasting
An 'Appletising' Afternoon

An afternoon of awakening the senses with tangy, tasty and fruity apples and home grown Cider.

 

17 September 2018
An historic community within Birtley House Nursing Home
An historic community within Birtley House Nursing Home

Its a small world...

29 August 2018
Birtley House Book Club
Birtley House Book Club

Another afternoon enjoying some of the country’s finest literature, today… discovering why an ‘Englishman’s Home is his Castle’.

 
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