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Thank you NHS: Famous NI faces pay tribute to the staff who helped them at their toughest moments


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Musician George Jones

Musician George Jones

Former jockey AP McCoy

Former jockey AP McCoy

Businesswoman Gemma Garrett

Businesswoman Gemma Garrett

Musician Keith Semple

Musician Keith Semple

Author Orla McAlinden

Author Orla McAlinden

Lucky girl: Orla McAlinden and her mum Barbara

Lucky girl: Orla McAlinden and her mum Barbara

On mend: Gemma Garrett with her father Stephen

On mend: Gemma Garrett with her father Stephen

Happy ending: Keith Semple with dad Ralph

Happy ending: Keith Semple with dad Ralph

Musician George Jones

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, famous faces pay tribute to the staff who helped them at their toughest moments in Dear NHS, a new book by comedian Adam Kay. Here, well-known locals tell Linda Stewart why they owe it a debt of gratitude.

Musician and former broadcaster George Jones (75) was born in east Belfast and now lives on the Ards Peninsula. Married to Hilary, he has a grown-up son and daughter and three grandchildren. NHS staff cared for him through his knee replacement.

I have an artificial knee. About five years ago I had to go through a serious operation which resulted in a whole replacement knee. I'd like to thank the NHS at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast for all they did.