Health Visiting

Your Health Visiting Team is here for you and your family.

You will meet our Health Visiting & Wellbeing teams towards the end of your pregnancy.

Your initial visit will be to get to know you and introduce you to Start Well Trust's Health and Wellbeing services.

Health Visiting

Your Health Visiting Team is here for you and your family.

You will meet our Health Visiting & Wellbeing teams towards the end of your pregnancy.

Your initial visit will be to get to know you and introduce you to Start Well Trust's Health and Wellbeing services.

COVID-19 Notice

We are working hard to support you and your family during this difficult time and therefore to protect you and our staff we will be delivering our services in a different way.

Clinic and face-to-face contacts are now being offered by video or phone appointments. This is for your safety and ours, as we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19, whilst continuing to deliver the healthcare you need.

If your health professional believes you require a face-to-face appointment in person this will be organised for you.

Our Health Visiting and Wellbeing Teams are here to support you and your family.

Health Visiting is a universal service open to everyone, especially babies and children up to age five.

Led by a Health Visitor, the Wellbeing Team can be found at your nearest Children Centre. The team includes Health Visitors, Wellbeing Practitioners, Nursery Nurses and Breastfeeding Advocates.

The Health Visiting team will make an initial visit to your home to offer support and advice, find out how you are and provide any information that may be helpful to you.  You can discuss topics such as how you are feeling, breastfeeding and weaning, routines and general concerns.

Health Drop-ins are held in the Children’s Centres and many parenting resources and courses are also available online.  The health team also offers Development checks as part of the national Healthy Child Programme. 

Feeding Your Baby

The Health Visiting service and Children’s Centres are fully accredited as Baby Friendly by UNICEF UK. This means the Start Well Trust team is trained to support parents with feeding and caring for their babies. Parents will be welcomed and supported in Greenwich Children’s Centres – however they are feeding their babies.

Also, the National Breastfeeding Helpline is open from 9.30am to 9.30pm daily, where you can access a web chat, or call 0300 100 0212.

Institute of Health Visiting – Six-Week Postnatal Check Advice

Please click here to view advice from the Institute of Health Visiting regarding the six-week postnatal check during Covid-19.

E – Redbook

Starting during your pregnancy, and right up until your child is five, E-Redbook will post age-appropriate guidance that is clinically validated by the NHS to help you keep you and your baby healthy.
www.eredbook.org.uk 

Additional information for parents

Local services

Health visiting is a universal service for all families with children under five, who live in, or are registered with a GP, in Greenwich. Contact us at 020 8161 0530

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Health Visitor Advice

Families who would like to speak to a health visitor about any concerns they may have regarding their baby or child’s health or development, or who wish to request support from the health visitor are invited to contact us at 020 8161 0530.

Please note that  this line is currently open Monday – Friday, 09:00-11:00. The service will triage all calls and emails. Based on clinical need and vulnerabilities a member of the team will respond to the request between 1 – 5 working days. 

If you are concerned about your child please call your GP or 111.

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Breastfeeding Support

While the breastfeeding groups are currently reduced, additional feeding support is available from the Infant Feeding Team who are providing face to face, telephone and video calling. You can request a contact via the Health Visiting service telephone or email.

Start Well Trust Infant Feeding Team can help with –

  • Thinking about feeding your baby for pregnant mothers
  • Getting started with breastfeeding for pregnant and new parents
  • Baby feeding problems
  • Expressing breastmilk
  • Information about formula feeding and starting solids
  • Questions about you baby’s weight
  • Returning to work and breastfeeding
  • Stopping breastfeeding
  • Tongue tie and how to get help in Greenwich
  • Reliable online support and resources
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Baby Weighing

We are not able to routinely weigh babies/children while Health Advice and Breastfeeding Drop-ins have been suspended due to the risks of Covid-19.

If you have any concerns about your child’s weight please contact your Health Visitor local duty line and a health visitor, nursery nurse or the infant feeding team will be able to help you. If a weight using specialised scales is then essential, an appointment in a clinic using PPE can be made.

It is normal for babies to lose some weight in the first few days after birth.

Your baby will be weighed during their first 2 weeks to make sure they’re regaining their birthweight. Most babies are at, or above, their birthweight by 2 weeks.

The Midwife and Health Visitor team will support you if your baby loses a large amount of weight or does not regain their birthweight by 2 weeks.

They will talk to you about how feeding is going, will ask to observe breastfeeding and bottle feeding, and look at your baby’s health in general.

The Health Visitor team will explain normal baby weight gain using baby’s Red Book. While Health Advice sessions are closed due to Covid-19 we will advise you on how to safely weigh baby at home. If your baby is gaining weight and you and your health visitor have no concerns, they should be weighed no more than:

  • once a month up to 6 months of age
  • once every 2 months from 6 to 12 months of age
  • once every 3 months over the age of 12 months

This gives a clear idea of your baby’s weight gain over a period of time.

If you have any questions about your child’s weight a health visitor, nursery nurse or the infant feeding team will be able to help you. If a weight using specialised scales is then essential, an appointment using PPE can be made.

Your Red Book also gives information on how to record your baby’s weight using growth charts. If you would like help with weighing your baby, using the growth charts or have any concerns about your child’s weight please contact the Health Visiting local duty helpline.

Red Book growth charts information is in this Fact Sheet for Parents  from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

What’s on offer from our Health Visiting service:

Support for your health and well-being

Early identification of child health or specialist health needs

Breastfeeding and bottle feeding advice and practical support

Antenatal support for pregnant women, parents and carers

Information about local activities and services for new mums, parents and carers

Advice on how to reduce risks and prevent accidents or injuries

Advice on infant feeding, weaning and healthy eating for children

Assessing a child's growth and development needs

Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Advice on behaviour management techniques

Fun activities for you and your children

Opportunities to meet other parents

Access to funded childcare

Health Visitors are registered nurses who are uniquely qualified to help you transition from the care of your midwife at your local hospital to living with your child in your local community.

To find out more about Health Visiting services and support contact us or visit your local Start Well Children’s Centre.

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