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
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
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 cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital