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Health Visiting

We provide antenatal contacts along with support throughout a child’s development up to five years of age.

Contact us:  If your child is under five years of age and you need advice on issues such as feeding, behaviour or constipation. Please contact us on the numbers below using the team closest to where you live:

The teams are as follows

South Belmont Team - 01432 357450

South Vaughan Team - 01432 363933

North East Team - 01432 383077 

North West Team - 01432 383066

Leominster Team - 01432 260195

Kington Team - 01544 232502

Bromyard Team - 01885 482672

Ledbury Team - 01531 637601

Ross Team - 01989 561127

Peterchurch Team - 01981 550539

 

What do we do? 

Antenatal visit: 28-32 weeks pregnant. A Health Visitor will help you prepare for parenthood and is someone you can talk to about how you are feeling. This visit will be offered to all first time parents and to other families if required.

10-14 days after birth. You can talk with the Health Visitor about how your new baby is settling in and you can ask questions regarding any aspect of their care. You can also talk about how you are feeling. The Health Visitor will also be able to advise on support and activities in your local area.

Six to eight weeks after the birth. You can talk to your Health Visitor about how you and your new family are doing. There will be an opportunity to talk about immunisations which start at 8 weeks and how you are feeling emotionally and physically. 

A review of your child’s development at 9-12 months. This is an opportunity to discuss your child’s general health and wellbeing. If you are interested, your health visitor can also put you in touch with local baby groups, children’s centres or activities in your area.

At 2-2½ years we assess your child's development.

2½ - 5 years - you can contact your health visitor to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child.

0-5 years - you can contact your health visitor to discuss any health and development concerns you may have regarding your child. This can be via the numbers above, local clinics or the telephone advisory service.

As Health Visitors we aim to work with families to improve future health outcomes, and by utilising our specialist training we can provide expert information, assessment and intervention for babies, children and families including first time mothers and fathers and families with complex needs. 

Health Visitors are qualified nurses or midwives who have an additional degree or post graduate diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. They have had specialist training in child development and health promotion and can support families to prevent illness and to promote good health.

Our aim is to provide a family focused service to ensure children and families have a positive start in life. We are community based  to ensure our service continues to be accessible to all. Health Visitors will also provide support over the telephone. 

We can help with:

  • Keeping children safe and preventing accidents
  • Support with Healthier lifestyles – Smoking cessation, alcohol and substance misuse
  • An unhappy or violent relationship or family conflict
  • Immunisation/screening programmes
  • Safeguarding Children
  • General health advice and referral to appropriate services
  • Supporting with Healthy Eating

 

Where can I see the Health Visitor?

You may see the Health Visitor either in your home or one of our clinics. You will be given information on how to access these services during your first contact with the Health Visitor.

Clinics are held at Children’s Centres, some GP clinics and community centres throughout the week.

Monday

Hinton Community Centre  9.15am-11.15am

Ledbury Children’s Centre 9.30am-11.30am

Marches Surgery, Leominster 1.30pm-3.15pm

Tuesday

Widemarsh Children’s Centre 9.15-11am

Westfield Walk, Leominster 1pm-2.45pm

Kington Community Care Centre 12.30pm-2.30pm

Wednesday

Broadlands Children’s Centre 1pm-3pm

1st Wednesday each month, Weobley Surgery 1pm-2.30pm

3rd Wednesday each month, Kingsland Surgery, Leominster 10am-11am

Thursday

Greencroft Children’s Centre 9.15am-11am

Ross Children’s Centre 9.30am to 11.30am

Bromyard - Hope Children’s Centre 10.30am-11.30am

Ledbury - St. Katherine’s Surgery (appointment only) 2pm-4pm

Breastfeeding drop in support group - Tuesdays. Fred Bulmer Centre, Hereford. HR4 9HP

Please look at Herefordshire.gov.uk for information about activities at the children’s centre.

1st Thursday each month, Leintwardine Surgery 9am-10am

2nd Thursday each month, Staunton-on-Wye Surgery 11.30am-12.15pm

Coningsby CC, Leominster 1pm-2.45pm

 

Who works for the service?

Health Visitors - these are Specialist Community Public Health Nurses from Nursing/ Midwifery backgrounds

Community Nursery Nurses - this is a Health Visitor Support role

Administrative support

 

Who do Health Visitors work with?

 

Safeguarding

Health visitors work closely with Herefordshire Safeguarding Childrens Board.  If you have any concerns please contact Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub at Herefordshire council on 01432 260800

 

If you child has a minor injury or ailment click here to find out what is available locally.

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