We provide Health Visiting Services, including advice during your pregnancy through to the first five years of your child’s life, as well as School Nursing services, from five to 19 years.
Our Health Visitors provide valuable information for healthy lifestyles, monitor child development, advise on healthy growth, and provide breast feeding advice. Health Visitors also provide support for common health problems and work with other professionals to support and safeguard young families, children and their carers.
Our School Nursing services visit schools and colleges to carry out the National Child Measurement Programme and School Health Needs Assessments. They also provide advice on healthy lifestyles, wellbeing and any health issues for older children and teenagers.
Our Healthy Family team led by Health Visitors arrange to visit expectant mothers at home to provide advice during their antenatal care. After the pregnancy, Health Visitors will regularly provide advice and support on the care of the baby and young children. This includes breast feeding, providing support with common health problems and working with other professionals. In the first few months they will monitor the baby’s growth and development while providing advice and support, and they refer to other professionals for any issues that arise.
Later, they will monitor the young child’s development and readiness for school. The team also provide advice at our local baby clinics and are also available by phone during normal working hours.
Expectant mothers will be referred to the service at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Our Health Visitors will contact them to make an appointment and to meet expectant mothers in their own homes at around 28 weeks. After the birth, our Healthy Family Team contact mothers and their families to arrange a series of visits according to their individual needs and will be on hand to provide more information about our baby clinics.
Your child's school will send you information when one of our our School Nurse makes a visit. School Nurses will also be available for advice by phone and our ChatHealth texting service for questions about your child's health.
We have three values which help us stand out from the crowd
They are our moral compass and define the way we: Think, Care and Do our bit.
We think of ways of doing things better and to solve problems in order to make change happen
We care about delivering a heartfelt service by empathising and taking the time to understand the needs of our patients and service users
We do have a common approach to delivering the very best service we can for the local community
Locations of our services
We provide Health Visiting Services in and around Lancashire including:
- West Lancashire
- South Ribble
- Ribble Valley
We oversee some community health and social care services in Bath and North East Somerset.
We co-ordinate adult community health services across East Staffordshire as part of the ‘Improving Lives’ programme.
We ensure that families have free and easy access to local health services in the community; whether in a local clinic, play area or in a family’s home.
We provide similar services across the country, where we’ve invested significantly in bringing services together and improving the experience for the people who use our services.