Who are Health Visitors?
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.
The Health Visiting service is a free NHS service for anyone with a child
under 5 years old.
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
- 7-11 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: It’s ok to not feel ok, you can visit www.lewisham.gov.uk/notfeelingok
for more information and advice.
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.