Much of the content on our site is available to our registered users only. If you're already registered, just click the 'Log in' button then enter your email address and password.
If you're not already registered on the site, you'll need to do so in order to gain unrestricted access to all our content. There are two types of registration:
1. If you're a current subscriber, you can register for access to our protected content at no additional cost. You'll need your subscription number in order to complete your registration, which is on the polythene wrapper in which your journal is delivered. Click the Register button to begin your registration.
2. If you don't currently subscribe you can do so now by taking out a secure online subscription. Not only will this give you instant access to our protected online content, but you'll also get every issue of Nursing Standard - the UK's best selling nursing journal - delivered straight to your door. Click the Register button to begin your subscription and registration.
Health visitor, North Yorkshire Health Authority
Stella May Codling, who has died aged 93 in Whitby Hospital, had been a fever nurse, theatre nurse, outpatient sister and midwife, but most of all she loved health visiting.
She was a health visitor for the North Yorkshire Health Authority in Whitby from 1951 until her retirement in 1978, when she received an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours for services to nursing.
One of nine children, Stella was born in Westerdale, North Yorkshire. Her family later moved to Hawsker and Stella attended St Hilda's Roman Catholic School at Whitby. Wanting to be a nurse, but being too young on leaving school to undertake her state registered nurse training, Stella trained as a fever nurse at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds in the 1930s.
After training at the Victoria Hospital in Keighley, Stella worked in theatre. In 1943 she attended Montrose Maternity Hospital in Scotland for midwifery training.
Stella qualified as a health visitor at the University of Birmingham in 1945. From 1949 to 1951 she was outpatient sister at Scarborough Hospital, before settling back in Whitby.
Her sister Anastasia Potter described Stella as 'such a wonderful person'. There were three important things in Stella's life - her family, her religion and her profession - and she devoted herself to all three.
After her retirement, Stella worked for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, and became secretary of the local branch. She was also a member of the Business and Professional Women's Association and the Health Visitors' Association.
Stella was skilled in craft work - she made corn dollies and toys, and decorated candles for church occasions.
obituary: february 01 :: vol 26 no 22 :: 2012