Health Visiting

The Health Visiting Service consists of specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN) and teams who provide expert information, assessments and interventions for babies, children and families including first time mothers and fathers and families with complex needs. Health visitors (HVs) help to empower parents to make decisions that affect their family’s health and wellbeing and their role is central to improving the health outcomes of populations and reducing inequalities.

The Health Visiting Service works with other settings and organisations such as Children’s Centres to lead the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme 0-5 (HCP), a prevention and early intervention public health programme that lies at the heart of the universal service for children and families and aims to support you at this crucial stage of life, promote child development, improve child health outcomes and ensure that families that need additional support are identified at the earliest opportunity.

Health visitors are able to support you in the antenatal period when you will be offered a visit from 28 weeks of pregnancy. Health visitors will use this opportunity to explore your feelings about the birth of you baby, preparation for parenthood and feeding choices, such as where you can access help and advice when breastfeeding.

Health visitors can support the transition to parenthood and the early weeks, provide assessment and support for mental health (perinatal depression). They can advise breastfeeding, healthy diet and exercise, and how to manage minor illness and so help prevent attendance at hospital.

The Healthy Child Programme:

  • Universal: health visiting teams lead delivery of the HCP. They ensure that every new mother and child have access to a health visitor, receive development checks and receive good information about healthy start issues such as parenting and immunisation.
  • Universal Plus: families can access timely, expert advice from a health visitor when they need it on specific issues such as postnatal depression, weaning or sleepless children.
  • Universal Partnership Plus: health visitors provide ongoing support, playing a key role in bringing together relevant local services, to help families with continuing complex needs, for example where a child has a long-term condition.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00 (excluding public bank holidays)

How to contact service

The service is based at the following locations:

Leigh Primary Care Centre
918 London Road
Leigh-on-Sea
SS9 3NG
Tel: 01702 482800
Valkyrie Road Primary Care Centre
50 Valkyrie Road
Westcliff-on-Sea
SS0 8BU
Tel: 01702 220170