Mersey Care NHS 70

Mersey Care played its part in NHS 70 on Saturday with a family fun day and health walk at Aintree Racecourse.

There were a number of local events on wards around our organisation and then on Saturday, more than 200 people gathered at Aintree to celebrate. Families, friends and people who’d come many miles to join the day. There were stories from staff with experiences of past times as well as from those at the start of their career, and divisions from Whalley to Liverpool Community were represented, marking the range of services we now provide.

Visitors could see a wide range of pictures and displays showing Rathbone Hospital in the mid twentieth century and the transformation of Calderstones into a forensic service, as well as standout exhibits such as artwork from service users on Ward 35 and the latest plans for our newbuild in Southport.

Mersey Care’s Nursing Director Trish Bennett, accompanied by her granddaughter, blew out the candles on the cake, and said: “The NHS touches the lives of everyone and Mersey Care is leading a transformation of services for physical and mental health. I want to thank all our guests today and celebrate the birthday of our most treasured service.”

Outside, a good number braved the heat for the health walk around the racecourse. Inside Aintree there was children’s entertainment, singing from the Royal Liverpool Phil, the famous doughnut wall, ice cream and a range of stalls. And yes, it was all over in plenty of time for the football.

You can see a video here of some of our Liverpool Community Services nurses talking about how they started their careers.

The event was organised through the Trust’s Life Rooms. Click here to access their services.

Thank you to all who came and those who sent their best wishes as we celebrated NHS 70.