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National Health Service Quiz Questions

  1. In which year did the NHS treat its first patients?
  2. Name the Health Secretary who formally launched the NHS over 70 years ago?
  3. In 1952 a one shilling charge was introduced for what?
  4. In 1958 the first mass vaccination programme was offered to under 15s to immunise against polio and which infection that causes a thick covering in the back of the throat?
  5. The end of which month sees more babies born in the NHS than at any other point of the year?
  6. In which year was the UK's first heart transplant carried out in London's National Heart Hospital?

  7. Addenbrooke's Hospital is an internationally renowned teaching hospital and research centre in which city?
  8. Chief nursing officer Jane Cummings launched the 6Cs in December 2012. Four of the Cs are Courage, Communication, Commitment and Competence - what do the remaing 2Cs stand for?
  9. In 1978 the World's first test tube baby was born in which town's general hospital?
  10. In 2019, the Office for National Statistics puts the UK life expectancy for men at 79.2 years, what was men's life expectency in 1951: (a) 66.4 years, (b) 69.4 years, or (c) 73.4 years?
  11. In 1972, CT scanners were used by the NHS for the first time - what does the letter 'T' stand for? (it's now called a CAT-Scan, but the letters 'C' and 'T' still stand for the same words.)
  12. Laparoscopy is more commonly known as what? (Extra Clue: it's a surgical procedure.)
  13. The NHS deals with over one million patients every: (a) 36 hours, (b) 3 days, or (c) week?
  14. Which branch of surgery is concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system?
  15. MIU is a type of walk-in clinic service provided in some hospitals - what does MIU stand for?
  16. In 1988, which free X-ray test did the NHS introduced to women over 50?
  17. Which hospital is the largest centre for child heart surgery in the UK?
  18. Largely administrative bodies, PCTs were part of the National Health Service in England from 2001 to 2013 - what does PCT stand for?
  19. In 1994 which register was created as the result of a five-year campaign by John and Rosemary Cox?
  20. On 27 December 2012, Mark Cahill became the first person in the UK to have what sort of transplant?
  21. The NHS is the world’s fifth largest employer behind the US Department of Defence, China’s People Liberation Army, Wal-Mart and which other employer?
  22. In 1998, which service was launched and becomes one of the largest single e-health services in the world?
  23. Introduced in the early 2000s, a pledge in the NHS Constitution stated that at least 95 per cent of patients attending A&E should be admitted to hospital, transferred to another provider, or discharged, within how many hours?
  24. In 2012 who said about the NHS: "it’s something that we are really proud of. It celebrates something unique about this country"?
  25. What is the name given to the NHS temporary hospitals set up by NHS England for the 2020 coronavirus pandemic?
  26. Can you name the 100-year-old former British Army officer who has raised over 30 million pounds during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic?


  1. 1948
  2. Aneurin Bevan
  3. Prescriptions
  4. Diptheria
  5. September
  6. 1968
  7. Cambridge
  8. Care and Compassion
  9. Oldham District General Hospital (the baby's name was Louise Brown)
  10. (a) 66.4 years
  11. Tomography (Computed Tomography) (Note: the term CAT stands for 'computed axial tomography' or 'computerized axial tomography')
  12. Keyhole surgery
  13. (a) 36 hours
  14. Orthopedic surgery
  15. Minor Injuries Unit
  16. Mammograms
  17. Great Ormond Street Hospital
  18. Primary care trusts
  19. Organ donor register
  20. Hand transplant
  21. McDonalds
  22. NHS Direct
  23. 4 hours
  24. Danny Boyle (film director and director of the ceremony for the London Olympics)
  25. The NHS Nightingale Hospitals
  26. Tom Moore (Captain Thomas Moore)