We are trialling ‘Baby Hubs’ at Bellingham & Ladywell Children and Family Centres where you can come and Stay, Play & Weigh. Meet other parents and talk to your Health Visitor and Children and Family Centre about the topic of the week.
Please see the upcoming events page for details of these weekly sessions.
Who are Health Visitors?
The Health Visiting service is a free NHS service for anyone with a child under 5 years old.
Health visitors are registered nurses or midwives with a specialist degree in public health. They work with families of children between the ages of 0-5.
There are 5 key points at which you will meet your health visitor:
- Antenatal contact
- When your baby is between 7-14 days
- 6-8 week visit
- 9-12 month developmental review
- 2-2 ½ years developmental review
Each health visiting team runs a child health clinic, where you can attend with your children who are under 5 years of age for advice, support and weighing. You do not need to make an appointment to attend the child health clinic.
Safeguarding children is an integral part of a health visitor’s role and we work closely with our colleagues from children’s social care, GP practices and voluntary services in order to support families.
Being a parent can be hard!
Being a parent or carer is one of the most rewarding things you may ever do; however, it can also be the most challenging. Your health visiting team may be best placed to support you during these times. If you are struggling with the ‘terrible twos’, concerned about your child’s health, development or want parenting advice and tips please contact your local health visiting team.
If you are feeling low or depressed other support is available: Its ok to not feel ok.
The Health Visiting Team:
As health visitors, we work alongside nursery nurses and support workers to provide a seamless service to our families. Some of our health visitors are Specialist Practice Teachers, this means they help to educate student health visitors.
If English is not your first language, or if you have difficulties with your sight or hearing, your health visitor can arrange an appointment with an interpreting service for you.
For further information: https://myhv.lgt.nhs.uk/