STAFF at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth have been celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
The Cambrian News reported “A host of activities took place at the hospital to celebrate the event.
A birthday tea party was held at the hospital’s canteen where cakes and refreshments were available, local schoolchildren were invited to tour the hospital.
There were also performances by the Tenovus Choir and St Padarn school choir and a special exhibit of memorabilia and pictures from the hospital’s past.
Visitors included AM Eluned Morgan and AM Elin Jones. Ms Morgan saw how a project called Cerddi Byw Nawr, which is run in conjunction with Literature Wales, is using the Welsh language and poetry to help the emotional wellbeing of patients in palliative care.
Ms Morgan said: “It was a pleasure to join staff, patients and their families to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday and to find out more about Cerddi Byw Nawr.
“The project is an excellent example of the role literature, particularly in a person’s mother tongue, can provide comfort and allow people to express themselves at a difficult time.
“It is also testament to how the NHS and its staff go the extra mile, not only to ensure patients’s physical and health needs are met, but to ensure their and their families’ emotional and mental wellbeing is addressed.
“All over Britain the NHS is full of people who demonstrate considerable dedication and commitment to their jobs and incredible care and humanity to their patients and I thank them for all they do” here.