The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is celebrating the 74th birthday of the NHS with a 'Big Thank You Week’ for staff.

Cakes have been handed out to thousands of staff across the NHS trust’s sites – including Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City – to mark the anniversary.

Other events and activities planned – all funded by donations to the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity – include exercise classes, lunches, mental health and staff network stalls, and complementary therapy taster sessions.

The week will end with ice cream vans visiting seven different sites.

The NHS trust’s chief executive, Adam Sewell-Jones, said: “Our Big Thank You Week events have been organised as a small token of appreciation for our incredible staff, and an opportunity to say thank you for all their hard work."