Health visitors play a crucial role in giving newborn children the best start in life and support their families in being able to deliver this.
We help families during those early years of a child’s life, which can have a profound impact on the lifelong health and wellbeing of young children and their families.
We also lead on the delivery of the early years elements of the Healthy Child Programme in partnership with other services. This includes:
- an antenatal contact after 28 weeks for the parent(s) to be
- a new birth visit to the parent(s)/carer(s) and new baby by 14 days postnatal
- a review at 6-8 weeks
- developmental reviews by 1 year and 2 and a half years of age
You can see a member of the team via:
- appointment clinic – book via the relevant Public Health Nursing hub or practitioner. Most appointments now take place in appointment clinics. These are located in a variety of community venues and enable you to see the right practitioner for your needs at that time
- Family Focus drop-in
- home based appointment (where required)
- multi-agency meeting
- specialist clinic, for example, infant feeding specialist clinic (referral via health visitor)
All points of contact will allow for a review of any family health concerns and work with you to plan how additional support can be accessed if required.