All Health Visitors are qualified nurses, with special training and experience in child health, health promotion and education. They offer practical support and advice in many situations, including child development, nutrition and behaviour management in the under-fives.
They can provide information about local parenting skills courses & make referrals to nursey nurses regarding child behaviour.
Health Visitors visit new births at home between 10-14 days with follow-up support if needed.
Follow up checks are also made at 6-8 weeks (babies will not be weighed at this check as this will be done by your GP at a 6-8 week review).
The babies are also seen for their developmental checks at 9 - 11 months.
Antenatal visits are offered for first time parents. A 12-16 week weaning group, 2 1/4 year health promotion group & child health clinics are also available.
If you are new to the practice and you have children under five years of age, the Health Visitor will contact you after you have registered to arrange a visit.
The Health Visitors will also be able to provide you with information regarding:
- Promotion of infant development, managing sleep, implementing routines
- Safety (including reduction of SIDS)
- Encourage uptake of local services and promote services at local children's centres
- Gifting Book Start
For more advice, information or services, Ask offer support to Parents and Carers. Ask is a 'not-for-profit' organisation and a registered charity that has established and built on its reputation for being a friendly and reliable service by providing a range of services that offer support to parents. For more information please visit their website.