Sheffield clinic, 75, in rude health

Firth Park Clinin 75th Anniversary
Firth Park Clinin 75th Anniversary
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A celebration to mark a Sheffield clinic’s 75 years at the heart of its community welcomed people who were there at the very beginning.

Firth Park Clinic opened in the summer of 1938 – 10 years before the creation of the NHS – and MP David Blunkett marked the milestone by unveiling a plaque.

Residents who remembered the early days spoke to staff and saw displays showcasing the centre’s success and vibrant history.

Today the Firth Park centre is home to a large dental suite, footcare and nail surgery, speech and language therapy and a variety of other community clinics including family planning and sexual health.

The community hub also hosts local groups who use the facilities for activities from chairobics to the arts.

Mr Blunkett said: “I’m very pleased indeed to help celebrate what has been an essential part of the community for three quarters of a century.

“Given the health divide in Sheffield and the very big challenges that people in this community have faced, the clinic has been a vital part of making the NHS work in the interests of equality, as well as quality of life.

“Staff and those working from the centre over the years are part of this celebration and deserve every credit for always going the extra mile.”