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.

Locations

Services provided

  • Health visiting service

Related Information

Public phone number:

East Team
Gallions Reach Health Centre
020 8320 5718

West Team
Greenwich Centre
020 8312 8939

South Team
Kidbrooke Village Centre
020 8319 9970

Tewson Team
Plumstead Health Centre
020 8317 6303

Central Team
Highpoint House (from November 2016)
020 8305 3044

1 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

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