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Medicine and Memories
This collection Many Happy Returns – 70 Years of NHS Memories tells the personal stories of people from across Leeds who have been patients, volunteers and staff.
Jane Morland, Story Collector discussed what it meant for people to have a new National Health Service free at the point of use, and reminisced on many personal memories; these included Hamish, the heart surgeon who suffered a heart attack, Myrna who travelled from Barbados in 1962 to enthusiastically serve as a nurse, and Beatrice, who sadly remembers the suffering that was endured and the public health inequalities that existed before the NHS. Her eye-opening story brought to light the harsh realities of a life without free healthcare, and these collective experiences sharpen our understanding and appreciation of the NHS today. Many Happy Returns NHS and Thank you.