During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to provide a service, but we have had to make some changes. All assessments are continuing as described in the ‘heath visitor appointments’ section, however some of these are now by telephone or video call – home visits are prioritised for the new birth and postnatal visit.
Your health visitor will be wearing a medical face mask at all times during a home visit. They will also ask some COVID-19 screening questions prior to the visit or before entering the home.
If you have any concerns about your baby or child or wish to speak to a health visitor please call our duty number 01472 323660 or text 07507 329910. You can also email the health visitors at [email protected].
Please view IHV – Parenting through COVID-19 to keep up to date with all national health visiting news.
If you have information or communication needs because of a disability, impairment or sensory loss – let your Health Visitor / School Nurse know so they can support you and your family in the best way to suit your needs.
The Health Visiting service is available to all families in North East Lincolnshire who are expecting a baby, have a new born or a child up to the age of 5.
Your midwife will let us know about your pregnancy and a health visitor, who is a registered nurse or midwife who have been trained in public health, will provide advice and support at this important time for you and your child.
Being a parent can be wonderful but worrying all at the same time, what happens during pregnancy and in the first years of your child’s life will shape their future as this stage has the most development changes. Without help, small problems may become bigger problems. We have found that help early on make the biggest difference to children and families.
Our service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm at family hubs and health centres. We also make visits to your home. If you have any concerns you can call the service on 01472 323660.
Health visitor appointments
- Antenatal appointment – offered to you from 28 weeks pregnant, you’ll meet your health visitor who will talk about our service and preparing for your baby’s arrival.
- New birth visit – your health visitor will come to your home when your baby is 10 to 14 days old, you can ask any questions and talk about your first weeks with your new baby.
- Postnatal contact – your health visitor will come again 6 to 8 weeks after birth, they will review your baby’s development and ask about your wellbeing.
- Health review – appointments at 9 to 12 months and 2 to 2 and a half years old to check up on your child’s development, growth and overall wellbeing.
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Healthy Start Scheme
With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables, fresh, dried, and tinned pulses, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.
You could qualify if you are pregnant or have children under the age of 4 and you’re on benefits or you’re under 18. Please visit NHS – Healthy Start
The Institute of Health Visiting provides helpful factsheets giving expert advice on key areas of looking after your new baby, there are also lots of useful self-help tips below.