Description of activity
Health visiting services are commissioned by NHS England, and provided by the 0–19 service in Your Healthcare.
Health visitors can advise on all aspects of development and health promotion until a child is 5 years old. Many Health visitors also have additional qualifications in a range of fields, such as midwifery and paediatric nursing. Health Visitors lead our Child Safeguarding service, Post Natal Depression Counselling service, and groups supporting mothers with children with behavioural or sleeping problems. They can also signpost people to psychosexual counselling and stop smoking services.
Three new infant feeding support workers are recent additions to the team. They are able to help and support mothers with breast feeding if they are experiencing problems. They are present at the breast feeding drop-in sessions, and will also visit at home. They can be contacted via the child's health visitor.
Health visitors and their teams also participate in immunisation programmes, child health clinics and child health surveillance. They will promote health through formal and informal health education to individuals and groups, thereby educating the child, parents and carers in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health.
Health visitor contact details can be found in the red book that each child has, by contacting a GP surgery, or by calling Hawks Road Clinic.
The walk-in contraception clinic at Hawks Road Clinic is open Monday and Tuesday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm and Thursday mornings 10am to 12 noon. No appointment is necessary