Tricia Harrison, who is on the Patients’ Council, was born in January 1948 in a time when her mother had to pay 5s (five shillings) to book the midwife for the birth.
She grew up next to the Birkenhead children’s hospital where she was treated after breaking her leg at the age of four.
She gave birth to her daughters at Clatterbridge Hospital and later became a volunteer after the Royal Liverpool Hospital cared for her husband in his final days.
“They offer so much to us. I for one am very grateful for all the assistance I get from the GPs and the hospital.” – Tricia Harrison
Radio Clatterbridge presenter Phil Price was born when the NHS was in its own infancy.
He turns 70 in three months’ time – one of the baby boomer generation which exploded after the Second World War.
“There wasn’t a lot of money around so to have the health service there was a real plus. I got all the immunisations when I was born – all the things to start you on your health life journey.” – Phil Price
He recalled how his mother caught him drinking the free cod liver oil straight from the bottle!
Phil spoke about the compassion he received when both his mother and former wife died and says he feels very fortunate he was born in the same year that the health service was created.
The features will be followed on Thursday, the anniversary of the NHS, by interviews with some of the health park’s senior managers and we will be live at two Big7 Tea Parties.
Our sincere thanks to Kathy, Tricia and Phil for sharing their memories with our listeners.