Since its launch in 1948, the National Health Service has grown to become one of the world’s largest publicly funded health services.
Founded on the principle that good healthcare should be free and available to all, regardless of wealth, the NHS remains a much-loved UK institution to this day. To celebrate 70 years of universal health care we thought we’d take a look back over the changes and milestones of the NHS here in Wirral.
1837: Wirral ‘Poor Law’* Union Workhouse and Infirmary opened. This would come to be known as today’s Clatterbridge Hospital.
1888: Wirral Joint Hospital Board (WJHB) is established.
1948: The National Health Service is established to provide free and universal access to healthcare in the UK.
1948: Wirral Hospital Management Committees set up to replace WJHB.
1974: The Committees united to form Wirral Area Health Authority.
1982: Arrowe Park Hospital officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
1992: Wirral Hospitals NHS Trust set up. It replaces Wirral Area Health Authority. The trust takes control of Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge sites among others.
2007: The trust is renamed Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (WUTH)** as it gains teaching accreditation and authorisation as Foundation Trust status.
2011: The Wirral Women and Children's Hospital is founded following redevelopment of the maternity annexe on the Arrowe Park campus.
2018: Wirral celebrates 70 years of the NHS here in Wirral and throughout the UK.
- *Prior to the NHS’s conception in 1948 UK citizen’s paid for their own healthcare, if they could afford it. Among the destitute, some people received healthcare under a range of ‘Poor Laws’ through the workhouse system although costs were low and conditions harsh.
- WUTH is responsible for Arrowe Park Hospital, Clatterbridge Hospital, and Wirral Women and Children's Hospital, providing some services at St Catherine's Health Centre, Tranmere and Victoria Central Health Centre, Wallasey.
Information sourced from Wirral Archives.
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Published by Wirral Council News on Thu, 05 Jul 2018 http://www.wirral.gov.uk