Introduction to the Health Visiting Service

 

 

Our short film below gives you a brief outline of what you can expect from the health visiting service in Hertfordshire.

 

Our Health Visiting teams offer support to you and your family during the early years of your child’s life until the age of five.

Did you know that all Health Visitors are qualified nurses and/or midwives? Before they can become a Health Visitor they undertake specialist training in child health, child development and safeguarding children and have to qualify for a degree in Public Health and the care and development of pre-school children.

Did you know that they can provide your child with some prescriptions for medication?

In some areas of Hertfordshire Health Visitors will meet you when you are 28-34 weeks pregnant. They will then contact you 4-7 days following the birth of your baby and will arrange to visit you at home when your baby is 10-14 days old. This is called a new birth visit.

It’s at this stage that your Health Visitor takes over from your community midwife, marking a new stage of your parenting journey.

At the new birth visit you will be given a Bookstart Baby gift of free books to share stories rhymes, and songs with your baby.

The Health Visitor will contact you again between 6-8 weeks to review your baby’s progress and discuss how you are feeling. 

Health Visitors are here to help you and your family to be healthy; both emotionally and physically. Working together with you, we can provide advice, support and confidential health advice.

Health Visitors work in partnership with families to design a care package that enhances you and your families’ wellbeing.

They work closely with GPs, Midwives, Children Centre’s and some Voluntary groups. They work with communities to identify any needs in your local area, which Health Visitors’ may be able to support. The service will help to signpost families to the most appropriate service for them.

Please also see our leaflet on Introducing the Health Visiting Service.