Happy 70th Birthday to the NHS

Since it was established 70 years ago, the NHS has pioneered a golden era in the advancement of patient care, seen life expectancy for men and women increase by more than 10 years and infant mortality reduce from 34 in 1,000 births to 5*.

The modern NHS is a massive and complex organisation and the source of great deal of national pride, ranking as the best of 11 well-off countries by the Commonwealth Fund in 2017. Of course the annual cost of the NHS per head has increased since its establishment; from £200 in 1948 to £1,700 today* and the number of service it offers has grown significantly too.

Often overlooked, the humble label has kept up with the pace of operational change that has meant.

Labels play a vital role

In departments like pharmacy, pathology and medical records, adhesive labels perform an essential function communicating and providing traceability for important information about patients, equipment and drugs. They have also facilitated the automation of many processes (like the processing of specimen samples) and had a huge impact on operational efficiency.

Many of the labels used by the NHS have to meet demanding application-specific requirements. Like hospital pharmacies that use direct thermal top coated labels to ensure the information printed on them won’t fade or degrade over time. Or pathology departments that need the pre-printed, sequential barcoded labels that identify patient samples to scan accurately.

LabelsPlus has more than 20 years’ NHS-specific knowledge and experience which means we know exactly which label is right for the job.

We would like to wish the 30 NHS Trusts we supply labels to – including Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – a very happy 70th birthday.

We look forward to working in partnership with you for many more years to come.


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