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Health visitors work within the local community and offer a range of services available in local settings such as children centres, GP premises and health centres, as well as visiting families in their homes. They support families resident in Hackney and the City through pregnancy and up to when a child becomes five years old

 Health Visiting Team

Who are we?
Health visitors are nurses or midwives with
specialist training in family and public health.
We help parents and their families to improve
health and wellbeing during pregnancy, after
the birth and all the way through until your
child is five.

Who do we work with?
We work as part of a wider health team
which includes nursery nurses, GPs, midwives,
paediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists
and other health professionals. We also work
closely with Children’s Centre staff, family
support workers, and Children’s Social Care.

Where will you see us?
You will meet us in your home or in local
Well Baby Clinics, your GP’s surgery, Children’s
Centre or in an Early Years setting.
We offer you and your child five health and
developmental appointments as part of
the Department of Health “Healthy Child
Programme”.

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When will we see you?

  • Pregnancy – after 28 weeks you will be
  • contacted by our team
  • 10 – 14 days after the birth of your baby
  • 6 to 8 weeks
  • 8 to 12 months
  • 27 months.

We are here to help, listen, understand
your needs and work in partnership with
you to give your family the best start.

What do we offer?

  • Drop-in Well Baby Clinics you can  attend without an appointment
  • Scheduled appointments

We can talk about the following for you
and your family:

  • breastfeeding
  • milk and food for babies, toddlers and older children
  • sleep
  • understanding crying
  • managing childhood illnesses
  • your child’s development
  • your wellbeing as parents
  • understanding your child’s behaviour
  • play and stimulation
  • talking to your baby and child
  • keeping your child safe.

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Extra support when you need it
Our service is for the whole family. We
know that being a parent or carer can be
very hard; particularly if you are feeling
low, anxious, or that you cannot cope. Your
health visitor can give you support and
advice.
We can help with, and provide advice on:

  • your and your family’s emotional health and wellbeing
  • any additional health and developmental needs your baby or child might have
  • developing a relationship with your baby
  • domestic abuse
  • drug and alcohol problems
  • changes in your family life.

If you are worried about your child's or
family’s safety you can ask us for help.
We work together with local services and
parents to provide support, including
safeguarding our local families and children.

Referral to our service
Health visiting is a universal service offered
to all parents living in the City of London
and the London Borough of Hackney.

Confidentiality
All your information is confidential. In
exceptional circumstances, for example if you
and your child are at risk of harm, we may
have to speak to other professionals in order
to help protect you. We would always try to
discuss this and any concerns with you first.
For further information visit this page.

How to contact us
Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm
(closed on public holidays)
020 7683 4219
Your feedback is very important to us. If you
would like to comment on your care or have
any suggestions on how the service could be
improved please write to:
Senior Nurse Health Visiting and Early Years
2nd Floor, D Block, St Leonard’s
London
N1 5LZ

See the link to the right to find out Children's centre areas and numbers

Twitter @CityHackneyHV