FAQs for National staff events to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS

Please find below a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the two national celebration events for the 70th birthday of the NHS.

If you cannot find an answer to your query below please get in touch with our events team by emailing england.nhs70events@nhs.net. A member of our team will respond to your query within 5 working days.

Before the event

I booked tickets but I am not longer able to attend. What can I do?

If you are no longer able to attend please email england.nhs70events@nhs.net so we can remove your name from the database. The names on tickets cannot be changed after the 31 May 2018.

All the tickets have been allocated. Do you have a waiting list?

No, this is a closed invite event and there will be no waiting list.

Who do I contact is I have accessibility requirements?

Please contact us at england.nhs70@nhs.net in advance to discuss any accessibility requests you or any member of your party may have.

Will travel expenses be covered?

Unfortunately, we cannot cover travel expenses. It is your organisations responsibility to organise for your travel arrangements to and from the events.

How will my data be used?

When accepting the booking terms and conditions you are agreeing for your data to be used to contact you with regards to other events you may be interested in. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to read the data notice.


On the day

Do I have to bring my printed ticket(s) to the event?

Yes, everyone who has booked onto the events will receive an email prior to the events with a ticket to print and bring to the event. Please bring tickets for each person attending.

Do I need to bring photographic identification?

Yes, you will need valid photographic identification, this may be checked against our database on entry.

What time do the doors open?

Westminster is a lunch time service, doors will open at 10.45am and all guests need to be seated by 11.45am. The service will end by 1.15pm at the latest.

York Minster is an evening service, the doors will open at 6.30pm and all guests need to be seated by 6.50pm. The service will end by 8.30pm at the latest.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Public transport is advised for both events.

Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard

The nearest underground stations are Westminster and St James' Park.

More information on how to find Westminster Abbey can be found here.

York Minster

York Minster is a 10 minute walk from York’s Rail Station.

More information on how to find York Minster can be found here.

Will food be available?

We will not be serving any refreshments during the services and food and drinks are not permitted.

What is the dress code?

Lounge suit or blazer and trousers for gentlemen is perfectly fine. It is not necessary to wear a black tie (as this is a service of celebration). Ladies may wear day dress, trousers are also acceptable. Hats are optional

Is this a religious service?

The celebration event at Westminster Abbey is a traditional church service but will draw in other faith groups to be a part of it.

The celebration event at York Minster is a choral celebration and a look back over the last 70 years of the NHS.

Will there be luggage facilities?

It will not be possible to enter either venue with large or bulky items of luggage.  Similarly, it will not be possible to bring bags, rucksacks or suitcases that would not be classed as hand luggage on aircraft.

Can I use my phone or camera during the services?

Cameras will be prohibited from being taking into the venues and mobile must be switched off at all times during the services. If anyone is caught taking pictures or videos then they may be asked to leave the services.

Will there be security searches?

Yes, security will search smaller bags before granting access. Please ensure you bring minimal luggage with you.

What if I have special access requirements?

The venue has easy ramped access for those in wheelchairs or with walking aids.

Parking is available for those with special needs. Please email england.nhs70events@nhs.net with your requirements, we cannot guarantee a parking space but we will try to accommodate where possible.

Can I bring my assistance dog?

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome. Other animals are not permitted.

Does the venue have a hearing loop system?

Both venues are equipped with a hearing loop system that covers the whole of the main building. This system is used at all Services.

Can I take photographs or use my mobile phone?

Photography and filming (pictures and/or sound) of any kind is not allowed. You are welcome to take pictures in the Cloisters and Garden for personal use only.

Please keep mobile phones switched off within the Abbey church.