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Serving Scotland: Striking shots of medics on frontline 

As the NHS marks its 70th year of serving Scotland we take a look at the staff who helped build it.

Trained to serve: A look into the NHS archives.
Trained to serve: A look into the NHS archives. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

NHS Scotland was officially created on July 5, 1948 but it didn't simply appear out of nothing on that day.

Half of Scotland's landmass was already covered by a state-funded health system serving the whole community and directly run from Edinburgh. The Highlands and Islands Medical Service had been set up 35 years earlier than that.

In addition, the war years had seen a state-funded hospital building programme in Scotland on a scale unknown in Europe.

Scotland also had its own distinctive medical tradition - centred on its medical schools rather than private practice.

By 1939 though, only around half of all Scots had a GP. Those without were mainly women and children but overwhelmingly the poor.

Free hospital treatment was available but only usually through charity. After the war, there arose a determination to do better for all.

With the launch of the NHS came not only this chance, but also the opportunity for groundbreaking medical discoveries and developments.

Glasgow produced the first practical ultrasound scanners which continue to save countless lives across the world.

Scotland set up the first nursing studies unit, performed the UK's first successful kidney transplant and opened the world's first clinical service for MRI.

Behind every achievement were the nurses, doctors and scientists, the medics and staff who put patient care above all else and chose to serve Scotland as their profession.

As the NHS marks its 70th year of serving Scotland we have selected a few highlights from the Lothian Health Services Archive, taking a look back at the staff who built NHS Scotland and who dedicated a large portion of their lives to caring for others.

Serving Scotland

Caring for the tiniest of patients

Caring for the tiniest of patients.
Caring for the tiniest of patients. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

Inside a bio-engineering centre

The bio-engineering centre.
The bio-engineering centre. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

Caring for the vulnerable

NHS 70 - one use only - not for reuse
Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

A good old sing-song

Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library
Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

Greeting a young patient in the clinical research unit

Clinical research unit.
Clinical research unit. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

Surgeons at work in Scotland

Operation underway.
Operation underway. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

The Dietetic Kitchen prepared healthy meals for patients

Dietetic Kitchen
Dietetic Kitchen Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

One of the recipes from the early days of the NHS

Invalid fruit tart recipe
Invalid fruit tart recipe Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

A healthy chicken recipe to aid recovery

Chicken in jelly recipe
Chicken in jelly recipe Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

Patients take part in a keep-fit class

Keep fit class hard at work.
Keep fit class hard at work. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

A tiny baby is given a chance at life

Premature baby ward, Scotland.
Premature baby ward, Scotland. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

Nurses at work on the neonatal ward

Nurses at work on the neonatal ward
Nurses at work on the neonatal ward Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

Nurses uniforms were very different

Nurses prize giving.
Nurses prize giving. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

A nurse plays the part of an angel in the annual nativity play

Nurses nativity play.
Nurses nativity play. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library

Nurses board a bus for training

Ready to serve.
Ready to serve. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library.

An early leaflet advertising the NHS in Scotland

NHS Scotland launches.
NHS Scotland launches. Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library.

STV News will be celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS on TV and online throughout the week. We'd love to hear your memories and thank you message to medics who have looked after you and your family.

Share them with us on social media using the hashtag #STVNHS70 or email us your story at stvnews@stv.tv

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