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How to get help from a health visitor

How to get help from a health visitor

Pregnant women are allocated a named health visitor who will make appointments at the following stages:

 

Antenatal appointment after 28 weeks

This appointment provides an opportunity for the health visitor to build a relationship with the expectant mother and family before the baby arrives. Health and wellbeing and preparing for parenthood will be discussed at this initial appointment.

 

New birth visit by 14 days

This appointment usually takes place at the family home and aims to support and develop parenting skills and confidence. The following are discussed:

  • Infant feeding
  • Relationship support
  • Maternal health and wellbeing
  • Keeping your baby safe
  • Healthy weight
  • Promoting your baby's development.

 

Six - eight week review

This appointment may take place at the family home or clinic. The following are discussed:

  • Feeding
  • Your mental health
  • Health topics
  • Parenting
  • Healthy eating and activity
  • Accident prevention
  • Baby play
  • Cleaning of teeth and going to the dentist
  • Signposting to children's centres and support networks.

 

One year review

This appointment may take place at the family home or clinic. The following are discussed:

  • Your baby's physical, emotional and social needs
  • Language and learning
  • Keeping your baby safe
  • Teeth brushing and going to the dentist
  • Healthy eating
  • Your mental health.

 

Two year school readiness review

This appointment may take place at the family home or clinic. The following are discussed:

  • General development including: movement, speech, social and emotional skills
  • Hearing and vision
  • Healthy eating
  • Keeping active
  • Managing behaviour
  • Teeth brushing and going to the dentist
  • Keeping your child safe

 

Other groups and clinics

Details of our Post-natal Group, Well Baby Clinics and Drop-in Baby Clinics can be found below.

  • Postnatal Group (for first-time parents)
    General topics: weaning, sleeping, play and an infant first session. If you are interested in attending please contact the health visiting team on 01934 852927 for further details.
  • Well Baby Clinics
    Well Baby Clinics are held in most areas within the community, usually Children's Centres. These clinics are open to all families. Health visitors can provide details of days, times and venues.
  • Drop in Baby Clinics
    Click here for a list of dates and locations

 

 

Coronavirus: Service changes

We have made the difficult decision to suspend the majority of our face-to-face work for the time being.

Contact with families will instead take place over the telephone, wherever possible.

More about service changes and telephone advice line

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