Bishop of Southwark joins NHS 70th Anniversary celebrations at King’s College Hospital
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, joined staff, patients, volunteers and invited guests at a special service to celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service on Thursday 5 July. The service, held in St Luke’s Chapel at King’s College Hospital on Denmark Hill, was led by the hospital’s Chaplaincy Team. Guests were welcomed by the Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer, Dr Shelley Dolan, who stressed the importance of the anniversary.
During the service there were readings and poetry and musical pieces, including drumming, and people reflecting on what the NHS means to them. During a period of celebration, members of the hospital community presented artefacts symbolising the professions and skills that contribute to wholeness and healing today. In his sermon, Bishop Christopher said that “the vision of providing healthcare to all, based on need not on ability to pay, continues to inspire us all and is the bedrock of healthcare in our nation”.
He also gave thanks for multi-disciplinary and multi-faith Chaplaincy teams that have evolved over the 70 years as well as for the Church’s long commitment to national healthcare, noting that many hospitals are dedicated to saints and grew out of hospices which were places where pilgrims and other travellers could find hospitality and medical care on their journeys.
The service ended with Bishop Christopher inviting everyone present to rededicate themselves to being healers in the work to which God calls them and pronouncing the final blessing.
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