Tackling the growing problem of chlamydia has made winners of
one group of health professionals in the North East.
County Durham and Darlington sexual health improvement and
screening team has won the team category in the first round of the
North East Strategic Health Authority's regional sexual health
"Durham and Darlington faced challenging chalmydia screening
targets last year and the new sexual health improvement and
screening team really threw themselves into the task," explains
Claire Sullivan, consultant in public health. "Despite the awful
weather last winter they trudged through snow and ice to get to
appointed sessions in cafes and clubs, working evenings and
weekends to make sure they reached their target group of teenagers
and young people.
"The team said that rising to the challenge together created
real team spirit and drove them on to exceed the national target,
and all of this was on top of their wider work to promote good
sexual health, and provide a comprehensive training programme for
staff from other agencies," says Claire.
That team spirit is still alive and well and evident in the
Halloween pants they're using to promote the screening programme
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community