A hospital is planning to hold a socially-distanced clap to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.

On Sunday, July 5, the NHS is marking 72 years since its creation.

Staff at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow will mark the momentous occasion with a round of applause on Sunday.

A spokesperson for The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), said: "During the last few months, the NHS has been through the greatest test in its lifetime. And it will continue to deal with the many challenges brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for the foreseeable future.

"At PAHT the teams have responded with extraordinary commitment and dedication to support its patients. The 72nd birthday of the NHS is now an opportunity to reflect on the unprecedented challenges faced over the last few months and to say thank you to every member of staff.

PAHT will take part in a socially-distanced round of applause outside of the hospital on Sunday evening, to say thank you to the community for their support and to recognise each other’s contributions.

Lance McCarthy, chief executive of The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: “The anniversary of the NHS is this year, a time for the commendation of our amazing people, rather than our usual celebrations. It is also a time for commemoration of the loved ones and friends who our people – and the nation as a whole - have lost to coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been an extremely difficult period and we want to ensure that we say thank you to every member of our staff for their contributions.”

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