This week on the 5 July 2018 the National Health Service celebrated its 70th year. The founding principles of the NHS were that health services would be ample, national and available to all residents of the UK. The NHS is linked with having some of its founding roots in Swindon.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Swindon Works that built and maintained the innovative locomotives of the Great Western Railway (GWR) set up the GWR Medical Fund Clinic. The healthcare fund made it possible for members or their family‚Äôs to access to Doctors, treatments and medicines when needed. The cradle-to-grave extent of this service was later said to be used as a blueprint for the NHS.

Image: GWR Hospital / Switch on to Swindon

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