Patient approach pays off for Judith

Back: Sultana Rahman, Health care support worker.'Front L-R: Shohidul and Shibli Islam with baby Suha.

Back: Sultana Rahman, Health care support worker.'Front L-R: Shohidul and Shibli Islam with baby Suha.

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A health worker is celebrating after winning an award for her dedication to her patients.

Judith Pringle has picked up this year’s NHS North of Tyne Health Visiting Award for her work in and around Whitley Bay area, especially with the town’s ethnic community.

Judith said: “Winning the award was a complete surprise to me, and I was absolutely delighted.

“I was also very touched by the fact the parents put me forward.

“I am just doing a job I love, and I am privileged to be working within such a wonderful community.”

Among those who nominated Judith was Shibli Islam.

The 38-year-old, originally from Bangladesh, said: “I had my baby after 17 years of trying, and I am blessed with this little girl of mine, who was born in January this year.

“I knew nothing about babies, but Judith was my life-saver. She advises me on my baby’s wellbeing.

“She is just great and deserves the best.”

Judith encouraged Shibli to breastfeed and to go along to other baby and toddler groups with her daughter Suha Jannah, so she could meet other parents.

Sultana Rahman, a colleague of Judith’s at Park Parade Surgery in Whitley Bay, added: “It’s fantastic that Shibli and her husband Shohidul have been blessed with their little girl and Judith has been very supportive.

“Everyone from the black and minority ethnic community that Judith supports nominated her for the award.

“She is such a worthy winner and wholeheartedly deserves this award.”

Judith will now go through to a regional awards ceremony held by NHS North East in September.