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, and our health visitors work in five teams, across the Borough.
There are five key stages in your child’s development when you will be contacted by your health visitor:
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 not need to make an appointment to attend the child health clinics, which 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:
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.
From Monday 4th October, our routine weighing clinics will be starting!
The clinics will be running as below
To ensure we comply with Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, these will be appointment only. To book an appointment, please call your HV team. The phone number should be in your child’s red book or on our Contact Us page. If you are unsure who your HV is please contact the admin hub on 0203 049 1873 who can direct your call. To ensure we are available to as many families as possible, please be aware you will not be able to book an appointment more than 2 weeks in advance.
We have implemented some measures into these clinics in order to keep everyone safe, please visit our Baby Hub page for more information.
From Monday 27th September, we will be running a face to face Breastfeeding Support Hub at Downderry Children’s Centre, Shroffold Road, Bromley, BR1 5PD. The Hub will run from 1:30pm – 3:30pm and will be APPOINTMENT ONLY and not a Drop-In group. To book an appointment, please contact your Health Visiting team – contact details for your team will be in the front of your child’s red book or on the Contact Us page.
Our virtual breastfeeding hubs will also still be running on Zoom 2 times per week. For more information, visit our Breastfeeding page.
We have just added two short minor ailment films to our website, you can find them at the bottom of the Minor Ailments page.
Join the Mindful Mums drop-in sessions on Zoom for online support from other expectant and new mums. Build confidence and develop social connections with other mums.
No need to register and no obligation to attend every week.
The sessions are for expectant and new mums with children up to 1 year old.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://blgmind.org.uk/lewisham-mental-health/lewisham-mindful-mums/.
Being Dad groups are for expectant/new dads or men with parenting responsibility for babies and young children up to two years old. The group runs every Tuesday at 8pm on Zoom. The sessions help men to learn more about looking after themselves, managing the changes and challenges of parenthood, all while meeting other dads!
For more information email email@example.com or visit https://blgmind.org.uk/bromley-mental-health/being-dad/
All 2 & 3 year olds are entitled to a free flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is given as a nasal spray and protects your child against 4 main strains of influenza (flu) predicted to be in circulation this winter.
Why vaccinate? 30-50% of children are infected with flu and can spread the infection for up to 7 days; vaccinating your child reduces the risk of flu for family members, childcare providers and other children.
For more information, see our vaccination page.
To provide ongoing breastfeeding support for our mothers during the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now offering virtual breastfeeding hubs via Zoom 3 times a week in place of our usual face to face breastfeeding hubs.
We would love you join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book in!
The Zoom virtual breastfeeding hubs run:
Every Monday 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Every Thursday 10am – 11am
Every Friday 10am – 11am
Please see our breastfeeding page for further information.