The health visitors are closely involved in the health care of patients, particularly children and expectant mothers; their role within any family is to promote the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of all family members. They have a wide range of skills and expertise and are happy to discuss any concerns you may have.
Health visitors are registered nurses who usually have at least 2 years’ experience in nursing before undergoing their health visitor training. All families with children under five are allocated a named health visitor.
First contact with families is usually at the antenatal stage (before a baby is born), once a baby is born, and then at various stages within a child's life, depending on need. Health visitors can visit you at home, or see you at the Well Baby Clinics. The service can provide advice and support on a range of problems such as sleeping, diet and food (for both you and your child), accident prevention, difficulty in breast feeding, toddler tantrums, potty training and many more. They can also give information on local services, such as baby massage groups, stop smoking groups and facilities available to you in your local community.
On registering, if you have children under the age of 5, the health visitor will contact you to arrange for you to attend one of the community clinics held at the Riverside Centre or at your home.
The Health visitors can be contacted on 0191 643 8899.