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Our Health Visiting services continue during COVID-19, however there are some changes in how the services are delivered. Some aspects of the services have been temporarily stopped and others are being provided using non-face to face methods like video-enabled contacts and text or telephone.All health visitors are following NHS and Public Health England COVID-19 guidance. Face to face contact with families will only be offered for compelling reasons to comply with social distancing and social isolation guidance. The decision on face to face contacts will be based on a family’s health needs.
If our staff have arranged a video or telephone consultation, it is because they feel they will be able to safely give you the care you need without bringing you into the clinic or visiting you at home. The staff will work in partnership with you to discuss these reasons and decide the best option for you.Staff will provide advice on how to contact them – although, due to the changes that the service is facing, there may be a delay in responding to routine enquiries owing to the increased demand.
Remember: You can contact a locality duty health visitor if you are concerned or worried about yourself or your child’s health and wellbeing – they are there to help you find the support you need.
COVID-19 Duty Contact details:Health Visiting North West Locality (Networks 1 & 2): Contact: 020 4551 1414Health Visiting North East Locality (Networks 5 & 6): Contact: 020 4551 1414Health Visiting South West Locality (Networks 3 & 4): Contact: 020 3950 5685 /020 3950 5687Health Visiting South East Locality (Networks 7 & 8): Contact: 020 3950 5681/ 020 3950 5680
When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call your child’s GP, NHS 111 or go the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E).
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Health Visiting is a Children’s and Families Public Health Nursing service.
The service works with all parents and carers’ offering developmental assessments, and referrals to appropriate services, parenting support, accident prevention and health education to individuals and also facilitating community building capacity work.
The Health Visiting Service was recently reviewed by Unicef and was successful in being accredited as 'baby friendly'.
All pregnant women are to be offered an appointment between 28-32 weeks of pregnancy. Core contacts and assessments will also be offered to babies and young children within 14 days of birth, 6-8 weeks, 3-4 months, under one year of age and two and two and a half years.
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Providing additional support for a period of time for any presenting issues for your child or your family such as speech and language delay, sleep, toileting or emotional wellbeing such as post-natal illness.
This will be achieved in the early weeks by offering you a range of visits known as the MECSH programme - or later by undertaking an Early Help Assessment to ensure you get the right care by the right person at the time you need it.
Working as part of a wider team to support for example; a child with special medical needs, giving support to any family based issues or to contribute as part of a statutory function to safeguard children. Health visitors also support the health of children looked after by the Local Authority.
Mary MarshClinical Director of Integrated 0-19 Services Health Visiting, Family Nurse Partnerships & School Health and Wellbeing
Kam KaurAssistant Director - Operations
Chris NortonClinical lead for NW Locality (Networks 1 & 2) and children centresMowlam, Meath Gardens and Collingwood
Telephone: 020 4551 1414
Julia EdwardsInterim Clinical lead for NE Locality (Networks 5 & 6) and Children CentresMile End, Overland, Marner and Olga
Lola Oloko Clinical Lead for SW Locality (Networks 3 & 4) and Children CentresWapping, John Smith and Oceans
Telephone: 020 3950 5685/ 020 3950 5687
Katja Sturgeon Clinical Lead for SE Locality (Networks 7 & 8) and Children CentresIsle of Dogs, Chrisp Street and Around Poplar
Telephone: 020 3950 5681/ 020 3950 5680
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