05 July 2018 – BBC News
Jean Jones was a toddler when the NHS came into her life on 05.07.1948.
She immediately became one of its first patients as she had what turned to be a rare cancer called histiocytosis.
It caused permanent damage to her kidneys, lungs and pituitary gland and meant she was constantly in and out of her local hospital, The Christie in Greater Manchester, in the early years of the health service’s life.
She has remained under the care of the hospital ever since – and even now has regular check-ups and still has to take hormone drugs.