The health visitors team
The local health visiting team cover families who are registered with The Practice.
Your health visitors are available Monday to Friday 9-5. If you need to speak to someone urgently you can access 111, your GP practice or the walk-in centre. In an emergency, please attend A&E.
The role of the health visitor
Health Visitors are registered nurses with additional training in child, family health and midwifery. As part of the wider Health Care Team they work closely with GP’s and other services, promoting the health and well-being to meet the changing needs of the local community.
If you have children under five years old, your health visitor or another health professional will see you several times to talk about how you and your child are getting on.
This may include:
- When you are over 25 weeks pregnant
- When your baby is 10 to 14 days old
- When your baby is 6 to 8 weeks old
- When your baby is 3 to 4 months old
- When your baby is 6 to 12 months old
- When your child is 2 to 2 ½ years old
We can also help you to learn the skills you need to be the best parent you can.
Health Visitors can provide more help for families including:
- Colic & reflux
- Milk intolerance and allergies
- Rashes (eczema & nappy rash & chicken pox)
- Behaviour difficulties
- Toilet training
- Sticky eyes
We also work with other agencies and organisations when your family might need ongoing support, for example if you are looking after a disabled child or if you are experiencing family difficulties.
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