Your Health Visiting Service
Your Health Visitor is a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse who supports the health and wellbeing of your whole family from antenatal visits until your child goes to school, to ensure that your child is developmentally, emotionally and socially ready for school entry and has the best start possible in life. During your child’s development reviews, your Health Visitor will ask you how your child is doing and about any concerns you may have. If your baby was born prematurely, their developmental age will be calculated from your original due date, not from the actual date they were born. It is a good idea to think about any concerns or questions you have before you see your Health Visitor and write them down so that you don’t forget to ask anything.
Our Health Visiting team includes Health Visitors, Community Nursery Nurses, Parenting Practitioners, Student Health Visitors, Student Nurses and Administrators. Our Health Visitors are Registered Nurses or Midwives who have a specialised qualification in the care and development of children ages 0 – 5. They work within local communities to promote and improve health and reduce health inequalities. Community Nursery Nurses support the Health Visitor in delivering this service.
The Health Visiting team work in accordance with the Healthy Child Programme which is a national programme aimed at promoting optimal health and well-being for all children.
The service offers:
- First contact: When you are around 28 weeks pregnant
- Second contact: 10-14 days following the birth of your baby
- Third contact: When your baby is 6-8 weeks old
- Fourth contact: A review of your child’s development at 9-12 months
- Fifth contact: A review of your child’s development at 2-2 1/2 years
- Breast feeding support/advice
- Advice on healthy eating and exercise
- Child developmental reviews
- Advice regarding child behaviour
- Support children with any additional needs
- Support in safeguarding children
- Pre-School immunisations advice
- Referrals to child specialist services
- Physical and Emotional Well Being for the family
- We work closely with Midwives, Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), School Nurses, Children’s Centres, GP’s, Social Care and Voluntary services.