A LANDMARK anniversary which saw the NHS mark its 75th birthday this week resulted in Barnsley leaders praising staff members’ continual determination to provide care to the town’s residents.

The National Health Service was formed on July 5, 1948 and became the first universal healthcare system of its kind - available to all and free at the point of delivery.

Following enormous efforts throughout the Covid-19 pandemic - and its subsequent impact on appointment backlogs - leaders paid tribute to the nurses, doctors, surgeons, cleaners, cooks and porters before Barnsley Hospital was lit up blue on Wednesday evening to mark the occasion.

A drone was used to capture staff from above at the Gawber facility, who positioned themselves to depict the number 75.

Hospital chairperson Sheena McDonnell said: “Whether they helped you deliver your baby, patched you up after a fall, held your hand as you received difficult news or kept you smiling during tough times and treatments, the NHS has undoubtedly touched us all.”