65 years of NHS in Trafford

It's 65 years today since the NHS was founded at Trafford General Hospital.

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Landmarks in the history of the NHS

  • 1948: First free hospital opened in Manchester
  • 1958: First full hip replacements was carried out
  • 1962: Contraceptive pill made available as a prescription to married women
  • 1978: World's first test-tube baby was born
  • 1988: Breast and cervical screening programme introduced for all women
  • 1991: NHS Trusts established to make services more responsive to local needs
  • 1998: Launch of NHS Direct service
  • 2000: NHS walk-in centres launched
  • 2009: Care Quality Commission launched as new healthcare regulator


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