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Dr Know: ‘Celebrate 70 years of the NHS by volunteering’

I am so proud of our NHS. It has made huge medical advances and improvements to our health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives, writes the News’ Dr Jonty Heaversedge…

It is thanks to the NHS that we have all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant.

Today the NHS continues to drive innovations in patient care, including better detection of the warning signs of strokes and heart attacks, bionic eyes to restore sight, and surgical breakthroughs such as hand transplants.

Looking to the future, the NHS is becoming more integrated and investing in new medicines, genetic research and digital technologies like apps and artificial intelligence, which will ensure we continue to live longer and healthier lives.

In Southwark, we are celebrating the amazing contribution of our hard-working and dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide care and support for everyone in the borough.

We can all get involved with supporting the NHS during its special birthday year.

Volunteers from all walks of life have made a huge contribution to the NHS, so why not join them and volunteer for your local NHS services?

Volunteering in health and care is a rewarding way to use your spare time.  As well as helping the NHS to enhance the experience patients receive, you can gain new skills, make new friends and improve your own health and wellbeing.

To learn about volunteering opportunities in your local NHS, as well as other health and care organisations that support the NHS, visit


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