Medical Advancements Since the Start of the NHS

Here are some of the drugs and other scientific advances that have changed the face of medicine and saved millions of lives in the process during the lifetime of the health service.

– Antibiotics

Penicillin was discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming in 1928 and further antibiotic discoveries were made in the 1940s.

But the medical application and further development of antibiotics really took off in the 1960s, resulting in dramatic declines in death rates and serious ill-health arising from infection.