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.
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.
The Institute of Health Visiting have created a infographic detailing who Health Visitors are and what they do:
We are now be running face to face Breastfeeding Hubs at certain locations in Lewisham. Please be aware that these Hubs will be APPOINTMENT ONLY. 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.
The face to face Hubs run:
A virtual Breastfeeding Hub will still be running on Zoom once a week. For more information, visit our Breastfeeding page.
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.
Lewisham Talking Therapies/IAPT are offering a virtual Perinatal Wellbeing Workshop starting on Wednesday 20th October from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.
The group is for women in the perinatal period with mild to moderate mental health difficulties and will run for 6 weeks. A range of topics will be covered to help maintain positive mental wellbeing. A webcam and access to the Internet is required to take part in the group.
In order to access the group, you will need to be under the IAPT services. You are able to self-refer via: https://lewishamtalkingtherapies.nhs.uk/refer-yourself or you can speak with your Health Visiting team for help with the referral.
Mindful Mums, run by Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind, offers free supportive five-week courses for pregnant women and new mums with babies up to 12 months old; who live in the London boroughs of Bromley, Lewisham or Greenwich.
Mindful Mums offers an opportunity to connect with other pregnant women and new mums with similar experiences and learn tips and techniques for looking after your wellbeing. The Mindful Mums five week course is offered as an in-person group or online.
The next groups will be running:
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/
Is your baby between 6 weeks and 4 months old? Are you looking for some postnatal support and advice?
Our Health Visiting Teams are running a Virtual Postnatal Group on Zoom throughout the year. The groups run for 5 weeks with each week covering a different topic. Topics covered include:
There will also be some guest speakers on certain weeks to provide further, useful information. During each session, parents will be able to ask questions to the team and speak with other parents.
The next set of groups begin on:
Wednesday 3rd November 10am – 11am
Thursday 4th November 10am-11am
If you are interested in attending, please contact your Health Visiting Team.
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.