The National Health Service, our country’s greatest treasure,
Health care at its best, as services come together.
The most wonderful thing about the NHS is its people,
Those overworked during times most vital.
A service so magnificent and its people so devoted,
Staff performing to their best, with health checks all promoted.
Bands of all grades and the volunteers,
Giving their their all. Tackling heartache and fighting back the tears.
A great proudness with sincere gratitude,
During their busiest, they deliver with a caring attitude.
In Nursing there is no such thing as just a band three, four or five,
It’s not just a job, but an honour to strive.
Long waits and delays are known to happen,
Raised voices and patients’ patiences snapping,
It’s not because staff want you to wait,
It’s the emergencies, prioritised at a very high rate.
Nurses and support workers on their feet all day,
Working thirteen hours with few breaks and that’s on a good day.
There’s so more in all professions within the NHS,
It’s just not needles and medication. It’s not an act to impress.
The efforts to deliver great care clearly show, just how passionate,
Through dedication and beyond, how one can be so compassionate.
They have abilities to listen and comfort at your worst,
They use the best of their ability to ensure you’re properly nursed.
Skills beautiful demonstrated that are truly inspirational,
All are welcomed and equally treated, a service so sensational.
All grades of profession, the untold heroes of our National Health Services,
A service that offers the very best. A tribute to their purpose.
Seventy years of devoted care to those patients old and new,
As a nation we come together, to say a massive Thank-You!
A poem by James Keenan Emergency Department Practitioner
In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service