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Coronavirus

We are here to support you and your family during this difficult time and will be delivering our services in a different way.

We will be offering telephone contact for all antenatal, 6 to 8 week and 1 and 2 year developmental reviews.

Greenwich Health Visitor health advice sessions and Greenwich Breastfeeding Groups have been suspended until further notice.  

If you would like to speak to a Health Visitor please contact the Greenwich Health Visiting Service on 020 8836 8621. We can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.  


Breastfeeding support

The 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.

While the breastfeeding groups are closed additional feeding support is available from the Infant Feeding Team who are providing telephone and video calling.

You can request a contact via the Health Visiting service telephone or email to the Greenwich Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) Service at oxl-tr.cat@nhs.net and we will respond as soon as possible. If you need to speak to someone quickly please call on 020 8836 8621.

You can get help with-

  • getting started with breastfeeding for expectant and new mothers
  • with questions or breastfeeding problems
  • with information about starting solid foods and using formula milk
  • when returning to work
  • when ready to stop breastfeeding
  • reliable online support and information resources

Click on the PDF’s below for online sources of help and support with breastfeeding.

Baby Weighing

We are not able to routinely weigh babies/children while Health Advice and Breastfeeding Drop-ins have been suspended due to the risks of Covid-19.

If you have any concerns about your child’s weight please contact your Health Visitor local duty line and a health visitor, nursery nurse or the infant feeding team will be able to help you. If a weight using specialized scales is then essential, an appointment in a clinic using PPE can be made.

Further details can be found in our factsheet How do I get my baby weighed in Greenwich? PDF (in the Related Information list below).

Visit Oxleas Health Visiting for further sources of information and support 

Oxleas Patient Experience survey

The Oxleas Patient Experience survey gives you the opportunity to feedback on the care and treatment you have received. We also encourage your friends, family and carers to also provide feedback. Hearing your views gives us a better understanding of the needs of our patients, families and carers which helps us to make sure that we are providing a good standard of care. 

The short survey only takes a few minutes to complete and you can provide a written comment explaining what you think is working well and what is not. The Patient Experience team will collect the results of the surveys and these are shared with the relevant departments and management teams. This helps us to shape our services to continually improve the quality of the care and treatment we provide.

Locations

Related Information

5 Comments

I attended the Sherrington clinic at Sherington with my three day old baby, having been struggling with feeding and having therefore principally formula feeding. The support I received from Ann Marie was fantastic - she helped me identify a strategy for supporting and increasing milk supply, better positioning, and was completely non-judgmental about my decision to mixed feed, which was exactly what I needed. Highly recommend.

Dear Rebecca

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your visit to the Sherington Breastfeeding group.

I am very pleased to hear that the support and information you received was just what you needed.

Ann-Marie is a very experienced Breast Feeding Advocate who has worked for this service in Greenwich for many years.

I know she will be delighted to know that the support she gave has been so warmly appreciated.

Kind regards

Ellen Shelly
Head of Health Visiting

Hi, is there any support available to bottle feeding mothers? There is so much information and support for breast feeding, but I cannot find anything easily available for bottle. In particular a physical support group to attend with a bottle feeding consultant type person present to assist with advice & queries.
Many thanks
Ruth

Dear Ruth

Thank you for taking the time to post your query on the website.

A member of our health visiting team will make contact with you directly.

The health visiting service in Greenwich provides Health Advice drop in Sessions across the borough on each day of the week. These are staffed by our experienced health visitors and nursery nurses who are all skilled in advising parents on infant feeding, including both bottle and breast feeding.

You are welcome to attend any of the sessions where the team would be pleased to speak with you.

You can find the Health Visiting timetable for these sessions here:
http://oxleas.nhs.uk/services/service/childrens-health-visiting-serv/

There is also information available to support you with infant feeding here:
http://gwhealth.wpengine.com/new-baby/bottle-feeding_new_baby/

Your local children's centre will have a programme of parent and baby drop in sessions where you can meet other parents. You will be able to find out more about your nearest Children's Centre here:
https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/directory/15/childrens_centres

Kind regards

Ellen Shelly
Head of Public Health Nursing 0-4 years

Hi
My name is chandra last week i had a home check due to certain cause i lost my leaflet of the breast feeding training near woolwich school can you please let me know the timing which is on every tuesday and thrusday but i forgot the school name its something like brook school if you help me for this it will be the great.
Thank you
Chandra

Dear Chandra

There are two Breast Feeding Groups close to you, which you are most welcome to visit and meet the Breast Feeding Advocates:

Tuesday 10.00-12.00: The Slade Children's Centre, Erindale Road, Plumstead, SE18 2QQ

Thursday: 09.30-11.30: Brookhill Children's Centre, 130 Brookhill Road, SE18 6UZ

You may also find it helpful to access our website for further advice and information: http://gwhealth.wpengine.com/

Kind regards

Maureen Makin
Operational Lead Nurse-Tewson Health Visiting Team

My husband and I met with Isabella at discovery centre when our baby boy was just a few weeks old! We had concerns about feeding and he was already diagnosed with tongue tie. Isabella showed different feeding positions which helped our baby to get more milk despite the tongue tie getting in the way. We were basically giving more formular between the feeds but after meeting Isabella we cut down on formular and baby had more breastmilk.
Tongue tie: She contacted kings college tongue tie clinic and booked our son for the procedure, despite waiting for nearly three weeks to be seen at kings, the nurses were great and the procedure successful thanks to Isabella.

Isabella treated us mostly me as my husband only attended twice, with utter most respect. She is very professional and thorough. I personally work in health care sector myself but i have never come across someone so dedicated, doing what she does with passion and she actually knows what she is doing.
She s never ignored me at any time when she is with another mum/family. She also utilizes her time very well.
I can say in a nutshell that Isabella made breast feeding for me most enjoyable. I wish all healthcare professionals can work similarly like her then we will have better NHS!

I have used both the slade and Brookhill children centres breastfeedng groups while on maternity leave with both my children back in 2014 and this year.

I found both groups extremely helpful socially: you get to get out of your own nest, and compare breastfeedng experiences with other mums, which is great in itself.

What I found different though between the two groups is the level of professionalism and technical skills of the breastfeeding consultants (not sure if this is their actual title). I had very difficult breastfeeding experiences with both my children, going through mastitis, blocked ducts, thrush, shooting ductal thrush, nipple blisters, nipple trauma etc... when I had my first child, i didn't know any better, this was my reality and I've endured breastfeeding through the pain. I talked about my issues at the slade, but did not get much of a technical support at all, so I just kept going with the pain and poor weight gain for my baby. This year though, I happened to go to the slade one day when another consultant was attending covering for the usual lady. I get to talk to her because she actively came to me asking how I was doing. So I express my pain, once again, my baby not latching at all, the struggle and the disappointment. From my story she thinks it might be a tongue-tie problem, so she examines my baby there and then and finds out it is in fact tongue tie. After a second consultation she referres me to King's tongue tie clinic and I soon after had the division operated for my baby. I have since been breastfeeding my baby to my owe and wonder! I want to thank Isabelle Pressac for her work and dedication, it truly made a difference!

I can see that her and her colleague's approach at Brookhill' breastfeeding group is very attentive and technical. and I am wondering whether this shouldn't be the case at all breastfeeding groups....thank you!

Dear Maria

Thank you for taking time to share your feedback after using our breast feeding groups. We have passed your thanks and praise on to Isabelle.

We are very pleased to hear that the feeding problems with your new baby have been resolved so effectively. We are always working towards improving our services and have provided our Breast Feeding Advocates with additional training regarding management of tongue tie since the time when you were visiting our breast feeding group with your first baby.

If you would like to discuss your experiences of using breast feeding groups in person, please contact me at ellenshelly@nhs.net

Kind regards

Ellen Shelly
Head of Public Health Nursing for 0-4 years