Health Visiting Service Greenwich

The health visiting service provides an inclusive universal service to families from the antenatal period until their child enters school. The service provides a child and family focussed service to promote health and prevent ill health working with both individuals and communities and dealing with issues regarding local population health.

The health visiting team consists of nursery nurses, breastfeeding advocates and clerical officers and is led by the health visitors who are also known as specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN). They work in partnership with GPs and other healthcare professionals, social workers, children’s centre staff and various statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure that clients are supported to meet the challenges of effective parenting.

The service is delivered between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday from health centres, clinics and children’s centres. The team also make home visits.

How to access the service

Health visiting is a universal service for all families with children under five, who live in, or are registered with a GP, in Greenwich.

Breastfeeding support

Greenwich Health Visiting service is fully accredited as Baby Friendly by UNICEF UK. Health visitors, nursery nurses and breastfeeding advocates are fully trained to support parents with feeding and caring for their babies. Additional support is available in the Greenwich breastfeeding groups, further details are here.

Health Advice:

Families who would like to speak to a health visitor about any concerns they may have regarding their baby or child’s health or development, or who wish to request support from the health visitor can attend the weekly’ Health Visitor Advice session’ in their local Children’s Centre area.

Nursery Nurse-led:
Families who would like to have their baby weighed and ask for advice on routine issues such as introducing solids, sleeping or home safety can attend one of the two health drop in sessions in their area. Each session will last for three hours.

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Related Information

Public phone number:

East Team
Gallions Reach Health Centre
020 8836 8621

West Team
Greenwich Centre
020 8836 8621

South Team
Kidbrooke Village Centre
020 8836 8621

Tewson Team
Plumstead Health Centre
020 8836 8621

Central Team
Highpoint House
020 8836 8621

4 Comments

I think it is terrible and very shortsighted that Greenwich have stopped the 12 month health review. You are sacrificing the health of babies for a quick win of saving money. Offering a clinic instead assumes a parent or carer is able to recognise that there is something wrong with their child in the first place. Its a disgrace.

Dear Alison

Oxleas has been commissioned to provide the new 0-19 years public health nursing service in Greenwich. The new service commenced on 1st September, with a programme of developments to the way services are delivered.

Our new Health Advice Sessions are delivered across Greenwich every day of the week, from Monday morning to Friday afternoon, and all families can attend these sessions to discuss their child’s health and progress.

In addition, Greenwich has introduced a series of ‘Key touchpoints’ beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the early weeks of life and throughout the school years.

There are new options for families to access the key touchpoints, and our teams will ensure that each child and family has at least three face to face key touchpoint contacts before their child starts school. Many children will receive up to seven face to face key touchpoint contacts, and our health visitors and school nurses will also be offering families addition, personalised support at times of need.

At each of the key touchpoint times for 0-4 years, families will receive an email providing health and development related information, with links to online resources.
In the case of the 10-12 month review, all families will receive the email or a letter, with an invitation to bring their baby to the Health Advice Session to discuss their progress. If any concerns are identified a face to face review of the baby’s health and development will be arranged.

The service will be developing further options for providing key touchpoint contact, and opportunities to seek advice if parents have concerns about their child, which will include online services such as virtual nurse through Skype. Many families have expressed their preference for online or instant contact in this way.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to email me at stephen.whitmore@nhs.net.

Kind regards

Stephen Whitmore
Director of Children and Young People's Services

Dear Sir/Madam,

As I live in Grove Park, could you tell me the best centre to attend so that I can get my little one weighed please?

It doesn't let me do a postcode search to find it myself!
Thanks so much!

Hi Zara

Grove Park is a Lewisham address, not Oxleas.The nearest Lewisham clinic is 37 Marvels Lane Grove Park SE12 8NP.

kind regards

Tony (Comms)

I would like to say that I think that it is more than unfortunate that the one year review, previously undertaken in the home by a Health Visitor, has been replaced by an email.

Dear Veronica

The service from health visitors changed last September to offer a new way of offering our services. In the past, one year reviews were occasionally completed at parents’ homes, but also in clinics, Children’s Centres and GP surgeries.

A series of ‘Key touchpoints’ have been introduced, beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the early weeks of life and throughout the school years.

There are new options for families to access the key touchpoints, and our teams will ensure that each child and family has at least three face to face key touchpoint contacts before their child starts school. Many children will receive up to seven face to face key touchpoint contacts, and our health visitors and school nurses will also be offering some families additional, personalised support at times of need.

At each of the key touchpoint times for 0-4 years, families will receive an email providing health and development related information, with links to online resources.

In the case of the 10-12 month review, all families will receive the email or a letter, with an invitation to bring their baby to the Health Advice Session to discuss their progress. If any concerns are identified a face to face review of the baby’s health and development will be arranged.

If you have any concerns, we can offer a one year review, or if you would like to attend your local HV health advice drop-in we will be pleased to offer any advice or support you need.

Please feel free to contact me on 020 3260 5185, or email me at helen.day-barnes@nhs.net if you would like to discuss this further.

Best wishes

Helen Day Barnes
Service Manager
Public Health Nursing Services

My baby is now over 13 months old and we've not been told anything about the one year review being cut?? Certainly haven't received an email or letter. Why is this? And where can I get my baby checked over and measured??

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