Public Health Nursing
We provide antenatal contacts along with support throughout a child’s development up to five years of age.
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 below, 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
Health Visitors work with parents from the ante-natal period until the child starts school at 5 years of age, offering evidence based support and informed advice. In Herefordshire we work in teams having four in the city and in each of the market towns; the teams are made up of health visitors and community nursery nurses. We offer 5 Universal contacts from pregnancy to 2 years. You will be invited to attend clinics and signposted to groups for networking and support.
Your health visitor may need to support you with specific issues that affect your child’s health and development, so the service provided to each particular family will vary according to a personalised assessment on your needs. It may be necessary to work with other health and wellbeing professionals such as midwives, GPs, education, social care and voluntary organisations.
5 Universal contacts:
- New birth visit
- 6-8 week post-natal
- 9-12 month developmental review
- 2 -2.5 years developmental review
Infant feeding specialist support/advice
Tuesday 10am - 12pm at Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall St, Hereford, HR4 9HP
0779 239 6407
Domestic Abuse – health visitor
07870 271 333
How to contact us:
South Belmont – 01432 357450
Vaughan Belmont – (Hereford Medical Group (HMG) patients only) 01432 363933
North West – 01432 383066
North East – 014342 383077
Ledbury – 01531 637601
Ross – 01989 561127
Golden Valley – 01432 363911
Leominster – 01432 260195
Kington – 01432 802994/802995
Bromyard – 01885 482672
Health Visitor General Enquries : 07769 285 116
Child Health Clinics:
Hinton Community Centre 9.30am – 11am
Marches Surgery, Leominster 1.30pm – 3.15pm
Widemarsh Children’s Centre 9.15am – 11am
Westfeild Walk, Leominster 1pm– 2.45pm
Kington Surgery 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Broadlands Children’s Centre 1pm – 2.30pm
Ledbury Children’s Centre 9.30am – 11.30am
Ross Community Hospital (appointment only) 2 pm– 3pm
1st Wednesday of the month, Weobley Surgery 1pm -2 pm
3rd Wednesday of the month, Kingsland Surgery, Leominster 10am-11am
Greencroft Children’s Centre 9.15 am– 11am
Ross Children’s Centre 9.30am – 11.30am
Bromyard, Hope Centre 9.30am – 11.30am
Ledbury, St Katherines Surgery (appointment only) 2pm-4pm
Conningsby Children’s Centre, Leominster 1 pm– 2pm
1st Thursday each month, Leintwardine Surgery 9am – 10am
2nd Thursday each month, Staunton-on-Wye Surgery 11.30am-12.30am
Is your child school ready?
The year before your child starts school it is worth checking that you are happy that he/she is on track in being school ready, if you have any concerns or questions please either contact your health visiting team on the telephone numbers provided or pop along to one of our community clinics listed above. Take a look at the checklist as a guide -
School ready checklist
I am up-to-date with:
- My immunisations
- Dentist – I have been and sat in the dentist’s chair and have regular check ups
- Optician - I have had a vision test at the optician’s
- Pre-school place – I enjoy going
- School place applied for – my care giver has applied for a place by early January of the year I start www.herefordshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions For advice tel: 01432 260926/261574
Speaking and listening:
- I no longer need my dummy
- I speak clearly and can be understood by many people
- I recognise my written first and last name
- I sit and listen to stories
- I follow instructions
- Dress and undress myself
- Put my shoes on the right feet and do them up
- Go to the toilet and wipe myself
- Wash and dry my hands
- Feed myself a variety of foods
- Drink from a cup
- Playing with other children
- To run, jump and climb
- Turn taking
- To ride my pedal trike/bike
I can also…
- Be happy away from my parent/care giver
- Talk about how I am feeling
- Ask for help from other people
- Go to bed at a regular time (with no screen time at least 1 hour before I go to bed)
- My parent/caregiver is happy with my behaviour
Healthy eating apps
Change4life food scanner
Change4life smart recipes
Who do Health Visitors work with?
- Speech and Language – see WVT salt page for leaflets and referral forms
- School Nurses – see WVT school nursing page
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