A TOURIST attraction has created a piece of artwork to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

The British Ironworks Centre, which is located near Oswestry, forged a sculpture from unwanted equipment donated from hospitals in Shropshire.

Clive Knowles, owner and chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, said: “We have been delighted to work with Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) in creating this stunning sculpture to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. It reflects our love for the NHS but also the kind, caring, and hard-working people who work in the organisation throughout Shropshire.”

Created by Ironworks sculptor Luke Kite alongside the help of nurses, this sculpture takes the form of a heart, symbolising our nation’s love for the NHS and depicting a fascinating story of medical history and legacy.

Taking more than three months to complete from start to finish, this sculpture involved collecting of old bits and pieces from archive rooms, metal skips, and hospital grounds.

The sculpture features antiquated blood pressure monitors, parts of hospital beds, surgical hands, microscopes, wheelchairs, a former anaesthetic machine, and a broken dialysis machine.