Prince William and Kate Middleton Make Special Visit to Mark National Health Service's 72nd Birthday
The royals, both 38, visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn on Sunday and joined employees for afternoon tea to celebrate the occasion, which also falls ahead of the hospital’s 40th anniversary on July 22.
During their visit, the couple spoke to staff and volunteers who have worked to ensure that the hospital was able to cope with the pandemic, including medical staff, catering and operational staff, and those who have returned to work from retirement to support the COVID-19 effort.
One of the guests was medic Suzie Vaughan, who spent nine weeks apart from her daughters while working on the frontlines. Her reunion with her kids went viral in June.
The NHS and social care system was created on July 5, 1948, transforming the health and wellbeing of the nation by bringing hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists together for the first time to provide free care.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been caring for patients since 1980 and currently serves a population of around 331,000 people from across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, and Lincolnshire.
The hospital has provided care to 450 coronavirus patients and has now recruited 46 patients to the COVID-19 Recovery Trial, with more than 500 enrolled in their other coronavirus research studies.
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