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Health Visiting Service

The Homerton Health Visiting Service is here to support every family in the City of London during pregnancy and until your child is five years old. 

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. 

The Health Visiting Service in Hackney and the City is provided by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Where you will see us 

  • in your home
  • in local Well Baby Clinics 
  • in your GP's surgery
  • in your Children's Centre
  • in an Early Years settings

We offer you and your child five health and developmental appointments as part of the Department of Health "Healthy Child Programme". 

When you will see us 

  • in 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*

Who 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 Centres, Early years day care settings and play groups (in Hackney and City of London), family support workers, and Children’s Social Care.

What we offer

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.

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.

The Health Visiting Service has a website and app (available for Apple, Android and Windows phones) for families and professionals

Who to contact

Contact Name
Team E - St Leonards Hospital
Telephone
020 7683 4219
E-mail
huh-tr.hackneyandcityhv@nhs.net
Website
Health Visiting Service

Where to go

Postcode
N1 5LZ

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
Referral Details

Referral by GP, hospital, children's centre or self-referral.

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