We provide health visiting services and offer advice from the antenatal period through the first 5 years of your child’s life. This includes advice on healthy growth and care, including infant feeding and support with common health problems. We work closely with other professionals to support young families and carers.
Our healthy family team will arrange to visit you at home to provide advice on your antenatal care and the care of your baby and young children. In the first few months we will monitor your baby’s growth and development providing advice or referral to another professional for any issues that arise. Later we will monitor your young child’s development and readiness for school.
The team also provides advice at our local baby clinics and are available by phone between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Accessing the service
You will be referred to the service at 20 weeks of pregnancy and your named Health Visitor will contact you to make an appointment to meet you at home at around 28 weeks. The Healthy Family Team will contact you after the birth to arrange a series of visits according to your needs and to provide you with information about the baby clinics. You can contact our duty health visitor by phone on our main number 0300 247 0040 or make contact with your named health visitor.
You will be given a Child Health Record known as the ‘Red Book’ shortly before or after your child’s birth. Please be sure to have your Red Book available when you have an appointment with the healthy family team or call us to rearrange.
When will I be seen?
Health visitors are there to help and support you and your family with any needs that are impacting upon your health and wellbeing.
The five contacts available to all families are:
- An antenatal contact to meet with you (and your partner) after 28 weeks of pregnancy
- A home visit to complete the new birth visit when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old
- A contact when your baby is between 6 and 8 weeks of age
- A review to assess your baby’s development before you baby is one (usually between 8 and 12 months)
- A review contact when your child is 2- 2½ years
Health 2 years old and school ready
You will be invited to an appointment with a member of The Health Visiting Team to have a two-year review. ASQ (Ages and Stages) questionnaires will then be sent to you to complete prior to the appointment. This is a health review and is separate from an educational review. Any concerns that you or the professional have can be identified early so that the appropriate referrals and early intervention can be offered.
It is important to stay healthy during pregnancy and as a new parent, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep when you can safely and take exercise appropriate to your stage of pregnancy. Get trusted family and friends to support you when caring for your young baby and small children.
You will have a programme of support visits tailored to your needs and you will be invited to attend a local baby clinic when you wish. If you require advice you can call us for advice over the phone or if necessary to arrange a further visit.
Contact number: 0300 247 0040
Behaviour can be challenging for parents, as your child starts to explore and discover their world. A health visitor is able to provide extra support to you and your family if you have any concerns regarding your child’s development or behaviour.
The community nursery nurses are qualified in supporting the families around challenging behaviour, toilet training; sleep problems, fussy eating etc.