A NUMBER of deserving NHS employees will be celebrated on its 70th anniversary.

The North Cotswolds Hospital in Moreton is keen to honour some of their unique staff on the NHS' birthday today (Thursday).

Amongst them is Jo Godley, who qualified as a physiotherapist in 2004 and has always worked in the NHS, both in acute hospitals and in the community.

She started at the hospital two years ago working in musculoskeletal (MSK) outpatients.

Bridget Locke, who qualified as a nurse in 1982 is team manager of the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit (MIIU) at the hospital.

She has always worked in Gloucestershire and said: "It’s incredible the amount of people we see, treat and care for. I am really proud of each and every one of my team – they often go above and beyond.”

The MIIU team assess, diagnose, prescribe and treat people from one years of age, upwards.

The most common things the MIIU see are ear infections, stings, bites, sore throats, colds and other minor injuries and illness

Gill Brittan is the admin team lead at the hospital. She has worked for the NHS since 2001, in the old hospital and the new one.

Angie Pinchin is an admin assistant at the hospital.

She joined the NHS in 2008, having previously worked for the Porsche Club in Moreton

Mike Wyatt is a hospital porter. He joined the hospital 4 months ago – it is his first role in the NHS

Mr Wyatt worked in the motor trade for 40 years, with his last role being the group sales manager for a multi-franchise

He thought he was too young to be retired and saw the opportunity to join the hospital.

Poppy Clarke is a health care assistant at the hospital. She joined the hospital in October, having completed her A-Levels at Cotswold School, Bourton on the Water

She wanted to take a year out before university, so that she could gain some experience before starting her adult nursing degree.Her mum and sister are nurses, so it’s a family tradition.

The birthday is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the role the service plays and to recognise and thank the NHS staff.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust run the county’s seven community hospitals, including North Cotswolds Hospital in Moreton-In-Marsh.

They also provide a range of community services to Gloucestershire’s population of over 600,000 people – such as physiotherapy, dentistry, community nurses, occupational therapists, podiatry, health visiting and school nurses and a number of specialist services, including sexual health, diabetes and heart failure.

North Cotswolds Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services, a minor injuries and illness unit (MIIU), X-ray and ultrasound services, as well as occupational therapy and physiotherapy.