The Queen today bestowed the ultimate honour on our health service today when she awarded it the George Cross – saying its staff had worked with courage, compassion and dedication.
The George Cross is given for acts of great heroism or courage in the face of great danger and NHS staff have worked tirelessly during the pandemic.
Who can forget the emotional scenes as we clapped for the heroes during the pandemic.
But the many faces of the NHS has been a source of inspiration and support throughout Hartlepool and County Durham for years. Here are just a handful of reminders of the difference it makes.
5. Bottling up the 2010 memories
Promoting bottled water at the Jacksons Arms 11 years ago were Sharon Robson of the NHS Hartlepool and Safer Hartlepool Partnership, PC Mark Doherty and the pub's landlady Debra Wilding.
6. The importance of exercise
Senior Hartlepool NHS Primary Care Trust health trainer Denise Murphy and co-ordinator Margaret Boddy promoting exercise for life. Remember this from 2009?
7. Health choices in 2009
A scene from the NHS Choice Roadshow at Foggy Furze in 2009. Can you spot someone you know?
8. In the picture
Were you pictured at the 2014 Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards?