Who are Health Visitors?

Health Visitors are registered nurses or midwives with a specialist qualification in public health. They work with families who have children between the ages of 0 and five.

Lewisham Health Visiting services are provided by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Our Health Visitors work in five teams across the Lewisham borough.

Feeding your Baby

Vitamins & Healthy Start

Jaundice

Vaccinations

Child Development

Safe Sleeping

Parental Mental Health

Accident Prevention

Dental Health

Baby Hubs

Domestic Abuse

FGM

Teenage Parents

MECSH

Minor Ailments

Family Health

Friends & Family Test (FFT)

eRedbook

COVID-19 Arrangements

What your Health Visitor will offer you

There are five key stages in your child’s development when you will be contacted by your health visitor. These appointments will be in a mixture of locations, some contacts at home, clinic, or a virtual appointment using Attend Anywhere.

  1. Before your baby is born (when you are around 30 weeks’ pregnant)
  2. New birth visit – between days eight and 14
  3. Six to eight week visit
  4. Seven to 12 month developmental review
  5. Two to two and a half years developmental review

Each health visiting team runs a child health clinic, which you can attend with your under five’s for advice, support and weighing. You do need to make an appointment to attend the child health clinics to ensure covid safety. Please call your HV team to book in.  These are held in a variety of venues including GP practices and children’s centres.

Throughout your journey with your health visiting team you will have contact with:

  • Health Visitor
  • Health Visitor Assistant Practitioners
  • Support Workers

Some of our health visitors have undergone further training to become specialist practice teachers. This means they help to educate student health visitors. You will be informed if a student health visitor is joining the visit.

 

Safeguarding children is an integral part of a health visitor’s role and we work closely with our colleagues from children’s social care, GP practices and voluntary services in order to support families.

 

If English is not your first language, or if your hearing or vision is compromised, your health visitor has access to a pre-arranged interpreting service.

 

 

The Institute of Health Visiting have created a infographic detailing who Health Visitors are and what they do:

Health messages

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