'World Health Day', 7th April

"No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of a lack of means." "The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it." Nye Bevan, 1948


This week's CST activities page focuses on 'World Health Day', which falls on 7th April each year.

It is also the 73rd anniversary of the NHS on 5th July 2021.

The NHS is the biggest employer in the UK, with 1.5m staff members. Ask members if they have any family or friends who work or worked in the NHS.

Discuss how the NHS had changed over recent years. Answers might include: - Increased life expectancy through new treatments - Population growth and more demands on the NHS - Increased specialisation within the service - Changes in uniform (remember the starched hats that nurses were expected to wear, for no particular reason!) - Societal changes and different disease and injury profiles - reduced smoking, working down the pits is no more and safer occupations generally, including more blue and white collar roles

- A, generally speaking, less fit population, with obesity on the increase - Advances in treatment and care, including new technologies for diagnosis and treatment - Increased used of alcohol and drugs, leading to pressure on A&E departments - Increased knife and gun crime, rarely seen previously - Sadly, abuse of NHS staff (a fairly new phenomenon) - Different status of NHS staff, improvements in pay, less vocational and more professional (Matrons were expected not to marry!) - Some disappearing roles, e.g. Matron.

And of course, this last year we have had the COVID-10 pandemic to contend with.

Discuss the ups and downsides of lockdown, wearing masks and the vaccination programme.


Complete these well known phrases with members ...

- As fit as a FIDDLE

- Alive and KICKING

- Prevention is better than CURE

- Go under the KNIFE

- Under the WEATHER / DOCTOR

- A bitter pill to SWALLOW

- A frog in your THROAT

- Black and BLUE

- Break out in a cold SWEAT

- Catch your death of a COLD

- Feed a cold, starve a FEVER

- As sick as a DOG

- As white as a SHEET

- Green around the GILLS

- A taste of your own MEDICINE

- Rub salt in your WOUNDS

- As deaf as a POST

- As blind as a BAT

- Sick and TIRED

- Be on the MEND

- Back on your FEET

- An apple a day keeps the DOCTOR AWAY

- Just what the doctor ORDERED

- A clean bill of HEALTH

- Full of BEANS

- A new lease of LIFE


Round 1. Human Body

1. What are the different blood types? (Has anyone given blood recently?) (Sweden has successfully implemented a scheme whereby blood donors are informed by text message if their blood has been used and for what purpose, which is a great motivation for people to become donors.)

2. When was the UK’s first successful heart transplant operation?

3. What is the largest bone in your body?

4. Where is ... ? (A point for each)

Point to your thyroid gland Point to your patella

Point to your retina Point to your 'funny bone' Point to your diaphragm Point to your tympanic membrane

5. What is the organ that produces insulin?

6. What is it impossible to keep open when sneezing?

7. What are the five basic tastes?

8. What are the five senses?

9. What are you if you are Hirsute?

10. SONG. 'Stayin' Alive', The Bee Gees - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa9n7GirhsI

Who is pictured here and what film is this song from?

ROUND 2. TV & Film

11. Name the fictional hospital in which the drama 'Casualty' is set?

12. Who played Matron in the 1972 'Carry On' movie?

13. Who starred in the 1965 film 'Doctor Zhivago'?

14. Which 1982 film was about a cross dressing male actor played by Dustin Hoffman starring in a daytime soap as Hospital Administrator Beverley Kimberley?

15. What was the sister in charge's name in the 1975 movie 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'?

16. Who starred in the 1955 film 'Doctor At Sea'?

17. Who played the part of Dr. Kildare in the 1960s TV series?

18. Name this 'Star Trek' character and the actor who played him?

19. Name this TV doctor and the actor who played him?

20. SONG 'Spoon Full Of Sugar', Mary Poppins - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftxnr28LDXc

Who sang this song?

21. SONG. 'M.A.S.H. Theme Song' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmLq87RU97w

What does 'M.A.S.H.' stand for?

ROUND 3. People

22. Who was the nurse who went to the Crimean War to nurse wounded soldiers? (She was born in 1820 - ten years before Britain had its first steam passenger railway.)

23. Name this Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity and x-rays in the 1890s?

24. Name this French biologist, microbiologist, and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization (in 1881 he helped invent a vaccine for Anthrax)?

25. Name this Scottish physician and microbiologist, who discovered Penicillin in 1928?

26. Name this Austrian Neurologist who pioneered psychoanalysis in the treatment of mental illness in the 1920s?

27. Name this Welsh politician who founded the NHS in 1948?

28. Name this English doctor who pioneered IVF treatments in the 1980s?

29. Name this TV doctor?

30. Namer this TV doctor?

31. Who is the current Health Secretary?

32. SONG. 'Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)', Robert Palmer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlPHmYtqSdA

What is a doctor who specialises in mental health called?

... heart care and treatment? ... cancer care and treatment? ... stomach and bowel care and treatment? ... skin care and treatment?

33. SONG. 'When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman', Dr Hook - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVXVO_vF2Io What was peculiar or special about the appearance of the vocalist Ray Sawyer in Doctor Hook?

34. 'Ain't Got No - I Got Life', Nina Simone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5jI9I03q8E Listen carefully. What is the only body organ that features in this song's lyrics?

35. 'The Clapping Song ', Shirley Ellis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyIOX3fsEIQ

Can anyone click their fingers? Go around the room.

(Clap along with the song. Do some of the moves....)


Just for fun ask members to do the following difficult or nearly impossible things with their various body parts. - Raise one eyebrow (like Mr. Spock in 'Star Trek') - Make a 'V' between your first two fingers and second two fingers (again like Mr. Spock) - Lick your elbow - Twitch your nose (like Samantha in 'Bewitched') - Wiggle your ears - Touch the tip of your nose with your tongue - Make a tube shape with your tongue - Tickle yourself (doesn't work unless somebody else does it for you!) - Try bending your middle finger and putting your hand on the table, with your middle finger touching your palm. Now try lifting your ring finger off the table. It's impossible! - Try putting your fist in your mouth (not too hard for some!) - Try 'writing' the number 6 with your right forefinger whilst making clockwise circles with your leg. It's impossible!

Anyone got any tattoos, that they can show us?

Is anyone double-jointed?

Is anyone ambidextrous?

Does anyone go to a health related class or session?

Yoga, Aqua-aerobics, Zumba, Pilates etc

Discuss the health benefits of walking, jogging, cycling, swimming etc.



Nurse - Doctor, doctor! There's a man here who says he's turning invisible! Doctor - Tell him I can't see him. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor! I keep thinking I'm a pair of curtains. Doctor - Pull yourself together man! ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor! I keep thinking I'm a dog. Doctor - Take a seat. Patient - I can't, I'm not allowed on the furniture. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor! I think I need glasses. Man - You certainly do, this is a pet shop. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor! My son has swallowed my pen, what should I do? Doctor - Use a pencil till I get there. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor doctor! I think I am a worm! Doctor - Well just wriggle onto the chair. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor I’m addicted to brake fluid. Doctor - Nonsense man, you can stop any time. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor doctor! I feel like a dog. Doctor - How long have you felt like this? Patient - Since I was a puppy. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor, I feel like a pack of cards. Doctor - I'll deal with you later. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor, I feel like a spoon. Doctor - Sit still and don't stir. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor, everyone keeps ignoring me. Doctor - Next please! ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor, I feel like a bell. Doctor - Take these pills, and if they don't help, give me a ring. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor. Every time I drink a cup of tea, I get a pain in my eye. Doctor - Take the spoon out of the cup. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor, I can't get to sleep. Doctor - Sit on the edge of the bed and you'll soon drop off. ------------------------------------------------------------- Patient - Doctor, doctor, I feel like a parrot. Doctor, doctor I feel like a parrot. Doctor, doctor I feel like a parrot…