Honiton Hospital marks 60 years of the NHS

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 15 June 2010

CREAM teas will be the order of the day at Honiton Community Hospital as the NHS celebrates its 60th anniversary but the treat will only be available to patients.

CREAM teas will be the order of the day at Honiton Community Hospital as the NHS celebrates its 60th anniversary - but the treat will only be available to patients.The teas will be dished up on Friday afternoon, while visitors to the hospital will be able to take in a special display in the reception area.Hospital manager Sarah Dent says the milestone is something to celebrate."Patients are at the heart of the NHS, so it is fitting that they join in the celebrations," she told the Herald.Dr Kevin Snee, chief executive of Devon Primary Care Trust, who is no stranger to Honiton, says it is important to celebrate the anniversary as the NHS plays a huge part in people's lives."For the past 60 years the NHS has played an important role in the lives of people in Devon, " he said."Our aim at Devon PCT is to deliver first class care, closer to people's homes, and our community hospitals are a vital element in this plan."He wants the PCT to build on its achievements and listen to the needs of patients, while reflecting on the past 60 years.Honiton Community Hospital is taking part in a nationwide 'pride on a postcard' celebration, which will be collated by primary school children and made into a mural.

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