So what's this then? Does it involve Dr Wallis whipping out his stethoscope (ahem).
No, no - it's simply a fresh approach to an old communication tool. In Haughton West we were the first to try out street surgeries in Darlington, although they've become commonplace now in some other wards across the town.
But whilst a handful of residents usually respond, we don't get to talk to the vast majority of residents during sessions. The Ward Health Check, then, is simply about proactively contacting more people to see if there are any local issues which need sorting.
David, Andy and I tried it yesterday lunchtime with our local MP Alan Milburn on the Whinfield Park estate. We covered about half the houses, and got a really positive response. Particularly pleasing was the fact that everyone who was on the internet was happy to sign up to our fortnightly Haughton West e-newsletter, which next week will have its 4th edition.
We hope to have a Health Check in every street in the ward in the next 12 months.