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.
Health visiting is a universal service for all families with children under five, who live in, or are registered with a GP, in Greenwich.
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.
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.
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.
Public phone number:
Gallions Reach Health Centre
020 8320 5718
020 8312 8939
Kidbrooke Village Centre
020 8319 9970
Plumstead Health Centre
020 8317 6303
Highpoint House (from November 2016)
020 8305 3044