NHS time capsule sends a message to the future.
Friday 31st August 2018 @ 10:19 by Anna Fletcher
Community Events News

To mark the 70th year of the NHS, staff and services users have created a time capsule containing messages and memorabilia for NHS staff in 2028.

They attended a special burial ceremony led by Claire Molloy – chief executive of the borough’s community and mental health provider Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The aim is that future NHS staff will open the time capsule on 5 July 2028, which will be the NHS’s 80th birthday. It contains positive messages from service users about the staff who care for them along with their hopes and wishes for the NHS over the next 10 years.

It also includes letters from Pennine Care chief executive Claire Molloy and chair Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE, an NHS 70 pin badge and special edition newsletter produced by the Trust and an old mobile phone, so future staff can see how technology has changed.

The capsule has been buried in the newly refurbished gardens of the Oldham healthy young minds service.  This is a community-based child and adolescent mental health service, based in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital.

Chief executive Claire Molloy said: “There is so much great work happening across Pennine Care and lots of positive changes across health and social care services as a whole.

“We thought a time capsule was a nice way to capture how things are now, so our future colleagues can see how much has changed and hopefully improved.

“Regardless of any changes, I’m confident that the NHS still has many, many years in it and lots of promise.  I’m also certain that the dedication and commitment of staff will still be alive in ten years – and beyond.”

For more information about Pennine Care, please visit www.penninecare.nhs.uk, or follow the Trust on Twitter @PennineCareNHS, on Facebook (Pennine Care NHS FT) or on Instagram (PennineCareNHS).