70 Years of the NHS 1948 - 2018
June 16 - July 23
Our National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018 and at Dorset County Hospital we are celebrating the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, appreciating the vital role the service plays in our lives, and recognising and thanking the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.
Dorset County Hospital: 175 Years of Rural Healthcare
As part of our celebrations we are showing again an exhibition charting the history of Dorset County Hospital over the past 175 years, showing how it evolved from a charitable institution established in 1840 by local dignitaries to the contemporary NHS hospital we know today.
175 Years of Rural Healthcare: A book by Mark Collyer
Find out when the matron’s weekly beer ration was stopped, which Dorset doctor operated on King Edward VII, who was the first person to arrive at the hospital by air ambulance and why the hospital didn’t often run out of eggs in wartime. A fascinating history of Dorset County Hospital by local historian Mark Collyer. Full colour paperback, 69pp. Price £6.95 plus £2.50 postage and packaging. Please send a cheque to Arts in Hospital, Trust HQ, Williams Ave, Dorchester DT1 2JY, made payable to “DCH Charitable Fund”) as well as your name and address for delivery.
175 Years of Rural Healthcare is a Heritage Lottery Fund and Dorset County Hospital Charity funded project with the Dorset History Centre and Dorchester Museum.