In the NHS's 70th year, the health service also marked the fortieth anniversary of a pioneering procedure which changed the lives of millions of people around the world.
The first IVF baby, Louise Brown, arrived in 1978 in Oldham.
Four decades later, a fertility centre born out of that first success was itself seeking to grow.
15 years since delivering its first treatment at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH), the Shropshire and Mid-Wales Fertility Centre was desperate for more space. The original facility centre was designed for 100 IVF cycles a year; with the demand for IVF increasing, their annual treatment numbers had reached 650. Before the centre's existence, patients were having to travel to Coventry to access IVF.