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Winning team takes on chlamydia

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 awards.

"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 this autumn.

'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