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About the Trust

We are one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Our 8,000 staff serve a population of around 600,000 people.

Nurse and blossom

We were authorised as a Foundation Trust on 1 February 2007, under Section 6 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.

As a Foundation Trust, the Board of Directors is accountable to the Council of Governors. Local people can become members of the Foundation Trust and can vote in elections to the Council of Governors.

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital