72 years of the National Health Service.

As the National Health Service celebrates the 72nd anniversary of its foundation, people throughout the UK will be joining together to thank NHS staff for their hard work, professionalism and dedication.

To mark this historic occasion, Merton Heritage Service has compiled a range of resources to pay tribute to the thousands of medical staff who have worked in the NHS since 1948. We should never forget their tireless commitment or the sacrifices they have made, particularly during the current pandemic.



The NHS in Merton:

Click on the links below to view historical information about some of Merton's NHS hospitals.

Atkinson Morley Hospital

Atkinson Morley Hospital

Cumberland Hospital


Inspecting X rays at Nelson Hospital, 1944

Nelson Hospital

St. Helier Hospital


Easter at Wilson Hospital, 1962

St. Teresa's Maternity Hospital

Wilson Hospital



The NHS in Words and Pictures:

Thank You NHS

A thank you to our NHS:

Thank You NHS Song

Our Heroes: A Poem for the NHS

Clap for Carers


Aneurin Bevin at the dawn of the NHS, 1948

The NHS on film:

The Birth of the NHS.

The foundation of the NHS

The early NHS ( Staff memories )

The NHS Explained

St Helier Hospital staff, 1964

Potted Hospital Histories:

A brief history of St Helier Hospital

Happy Days at St Helier Hospital 

Atkinson Morley Hospital 



Share Your Memories:

We are always keen to add to the Merton Memories collection. If you have photographs, documents or memories of the NHS that you would like to share, please contact us via email at local.studies@merton.gov.uk

You can also write to: Merton Heritage Centre, Merton Civic Centre, London Rd. Morden. SM4 5DX.


NHS: Puzzles & Activities:

Wilson hospital nurses, 1960s

NHS: Reminiscence Materials

NHS Colouring sheets

NHS Colouring sheets ( Portrait )

NHS Colouring sheets ( landscape )


For more heritage resources, visit our History Pages & Activities section.