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Health Visitors celebrate 150th anniversary

Health Visitors in Darlington marked a 150 years of the profession with a celebration event in April.

There are 37 health visitors working across Darlington as part of an integrated team with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and Darlington Borough Council.

Health visitors are vital in making a big difference to the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities and to improving public health and reducing inequalities.

Suzanne Lamb, Whole Family Care Coordinator in Darlington said: "From pregnancy through to a child's fifth birthday, health visitors are instrumental in supporting and educating families through an important time of their lives

"I'm proud of the work we do to support families and children in the area and coming together with colleagues is a great way to celebrate 150 years of the profession.

"It's a rewarding career. Some people believe health visiting is just about weighing babies but it involves a lot more than this and we work with children and families at different stages in their lives. Health visiting is a unique profession and this makes each working day a new and exciting challenge."

Health Visitors are qualified nurses or midwives with special training and experience in health improvement. Every family with a child under 5 years old has a named Health Visitor.

Councillor Andy Scott, Darlington Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Partnerships said:  "Health Visitors play a vital role in family lives supporting them through early years.  This event is a great way to recognize and celebrate the vital work they carry out."

Published: 30 April 2012

'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