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Healthcare services can be confusing....

Our website - CLCH Children's Health Matters is for parents to find information about the health visiting and school nursing services we provide at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust in your local area.

You can also find out how to contact our staff directly if you have a concern about your child's health.

Health Visiting

Our health visiting teams work with mothers and fathers, their families, and community groups to promote the health and wellbeing of children and reduce inequalities from the antenatal period until your child starts school. 

Health visitors are nurses or midwives who have undertaken additional training in community public health nursing. By helping parents learn and develop the skills required to bring up their children, our health visiting teams help give the new generation the best possible start in life.

You can find details about your local team and how to contact them below.

New and expectant parents

You can helpful information and resources to support you prepare for your new baby and in those first few months on our New baby and parent resource page.

 

 

Our health visiting teams provide advice and support in a number of areas including:

  • Antenatal groups
  • New birth visits, including advice on feeding, safe sleep, parental emotional wellbeing and child health
  • Maternal and infant feeding contacts at 6-8 weeks
  • Child health and developmental reviews (9 months - 1 year and 2 years - 2.5 years)
  • General parenting support
  • Advice on family health and minor illnesses
  • Specific support on subjects such as postnatal depression
  • Advice on immunisations and national screening programmes
  • Support children and families during the transition to school

We also run a targeted health visiting service for children and families who require extra support. This service assesses each child and family and introduces them into appropriate services, such as speech and language therapy.

These children and families may be offered continued support from the 0-19 service after they reach school age.

Who works in our health visiting teams?

  • Health visitors
  • Community staff nurses
  • Community Nursery Nurses
  • Support and administration

Where we work

Our health visiting teams work in a range of locations in the community including people's homes, health centres and children's centres.

The core hours of our health visiting service are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

For urgent health advice please call 111 or in an emergency 999.

Who we see

All children 0-5 years (pre-school) are under the care of the health visiting service in the borough they live.

All new babies are referred to the health visiting service in the borough they live by the midwives/hospital maternity teams.

How can I refer to the health visiting servcie?

GPs can refer parents/carers and their children directly to the health visiting via the single point of access for the borough.

Other professionals working with a child can contact the health visiting single point of access for their borough to be linked with the health visitor for that child and family.

People who have moved into the area recently are able to self-refer to our health visiting service via the single point of access  for the borough.

If you are unsure if your child is known to the local health visiting team in your borough please use the single point of access for your borough.

Our health visitors deliver the Healthy Child Programme supporting families to give their children the best possible start in life and reach their full potential.

Our health visiting service requires standard patient and referrer information including NHS number, contact and address details.

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. See some advice to help taken from The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPH).

Further information for parents and carers.

Family Wellbeing Pack

Parent information for newborn babies

Routine vaccinations during Coronavirus

The CLCH health visiting and school nursing service is operating a 7 day a week 9am-5pm duty line for parents and young people to call for support and advice. Please find contact details below for each borough:

Barnet 0-19 Single Point of Access (SPA)

Infant feeding

For more information on Infant feeding see our local resource page

Breast feeding support service

Breastfeeding Referrals can be sent to CLCHT.breastfeedingsupport@nhs.net

Information for supporting children and young people that have been affected by a bereavement due to Coronavirus.

Brent 0-19 Single Point of Access (SPA)

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Safeguarding Brent HV

Brent MESCH

Brent Infant Feeding

For more information on Infant feeding see our local resource page.

Information for supporting children and young people that have been affected by a bereavement due to Coronavirus.

Ealing Integrated Early Start Single point of access

Team single point of access

Ealing Infant Feeding

For more information on Infant feeding see our local resource page.

Information for supporting children and young people that have been affected by a bereavement due to Coronavirus.

Hammersmith and Fulham 0-19 Single point of access

Infant feeding services

For more information on Infant feeding see our local resource page.

Information for supporting children and young people that have been affected by a bereavement due to Coronavirus.

Kensington and Chelsea Health Visiting Single point of access

Infant feeding services

For more information on Infant feeding see our local resource page.

Information for supporting children and young people that have been affected by a bereavement due to Coronavirus.

Merton 0-19 Integrated Single Point of Access (SPA)

Infant feeding services

For more information on Infant feeding see our local resource page.

Information for supporting children and young people that have been affected by a bereavement due to Coronavirus.

Richmond 0-19 Single Point of Access (SPA)

Infant feeding services

For more information on Infant feeding see our local resource page.

Information for supporting children and young people that have been affected by a bereavement due to Coronavirus.

Wandsworth 0-19 Single Point of Access (SPA)

Infant feeding services

For more information on Infant feeding see our local resource page.

Information for supporting children and young people that have been affected by a bereavement due to Coronavirus.

Westminster Health Visiting Single Point of Access (SPA)

Infant feeding services

For more information on Infant feeding see our local resource page.

Information for supporting children and young people that have been affected by a bereavement due to Coronavirus.