Lancashire Healthy Young People and Families Service is set to offer virtual group sessions for the families it supports.
The team is planning the sessions to offer additional support to parents and carers who, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, would have been visiting baby clinics or having other face-to-face contact with health visitors.
Topics include Introducing Solid Foods, Infant Feeding Sessions, Antenatal Infant Feeding Sessions, Ready Steady School and Chat, Read and Play.
The service is currently piloting the groups with a number of parents and carers using the Webex platform, which offers them an easy way to video chat with our health professionals and other mums.
Michelle Lee, Managing Director for Virgin Care in Lancashire, said: “As with many organisations and in line with national guidance, we have had to change the way we deliver some of our services during the COVID-19 pandemic and this has included minimising face-to-face contact with some of the families that we work with.
“We have already begun carrying out virtual 1-2-1 consultations which have received excellent feedback. The virtual groups will provide another forum for parents and carers to come together on a video call, get advice from a health professional and talk to other people going through the same experience which should provide some welcome extra support at this difficult time.”
This service is commissioned by Lancashire County Council as part of its public health support for children and families.
County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “It’s great that Virgin Care is offering virtual baby clinics.
“The coronavirous outbreak means we need to provide support in different ways.
“With these clinics, parents will be able to get vital support from trained professionals and families will be able to have virtual meetings, making it much easier to share information and support each other.”