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What is a Health Visitor?

Health Visitors are qualified nurses or midwives. They have specialist training and can offer to families with children aged 0 to 5 years:

  • support for the health and wellbeing of your whole family
  • antenatal visits
  • a visit after the midwife ends her care once your baby has arrived
  • support and advice until your child goes to school
  • advice on healthy choices, including breastfeeding, introducing solids and healthy eating
  • developmental reviews to ensure your child is reaching their full potential
  • advice on the childhood immunisation programme, which ensures your child is protected against disease and infection
  • information about difficulties, such as postnatal depression
  • support for your whole family into education, training, or work
  • advice and information on wider issues such as housing problems or domestic abuse 
  • help with specialist services to support additional needs, for example speech and language
  • support for you to feel confident in your parenting skills and to provide the best opportunities for your baby as their grow

Our Health Visiting Service is based around the Healthy Child Programme.

If you have any concerns about your child's health/development and you have not had an appointment, do contact us:

You can use our web pages to find out:

  • who we are
  • how we can help you
  • details of our health visiting teams

If you’re pregnant or have children under the age of four, you could get help to buy food and milk. Apply online for NHS Healthy Start: Healthy Start scheme