Health Visiting


Urgent and emergency care for children during COVID-19 

While the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. If you are concerned about your infant or child please see a guide for what to do

Please read the Coronavirus advice for parents from UNICEF and the NHS, including on questions such as “Does coronavirus affect children?”, “Is it safe for a mother to breastfeed if she is infected with the coronavirus?”, “Can pregnant women pass the coronavirus on to unborn children?”. As the situation is changing rapidly advice is updated daily. Check above websites regularly for up to date information.

The Homerton Health Visiting Service is here to support every family in Hackney and the City of London during pregnancy and until their children are five years old.

The service is commissioned by the London Borough of Hackney Public Health department and works in partnership with Hackney and City CCG, London Borough of Hackney and City of London. In the most recent CQC inspection the service was part of, the rating was “Good”.

Who we are

Health visitors are nurses or midwives with specialist training in family and public health. We help parents and their families to improve health and wellbeing during pregnancy, after the birth and all the way through until your child is five.

The Health Visiting Service in Hackney and the City is provided by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The Health Visiting Service is made up of six teams (A-F) divided into six geographical areas across both boroughs. The teams are aligned to local Children Centres (in Hackney and the City) and GP surgeries (in Hackney and the City).

Where you will see us

  • in your home
  • in local Well Baby Clinics
  • in your GP’s surgery
  • in your Children’s Centre
  • in an Early Years settings

We offer you and your child five health and developmental appointments as part of the Department of Health “Healthy Child Programme”.

When you will see us

  • in pregnancy – after 28 weeks you will be contacted by our team
  • 10 to 14 days after the birth of your baby
  • 6 to 8 weeks
  • 8 to 12 months
  • 27 months*

Who we work with

We work as part of a wider health team which includes nursery nurses, GPs, midwives, paediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists and other health professionals. We also work closely with Children’s Centres, Early years day care settings and play groups (in Hackney and City of London), family support workers, and Children’s Social Care.

What we offer

We can talk about the following for you and your family:

  • breastfeeding
  • milk and food for babies, toddlers and older children
  • sleep
  • understanding crying
  • managing childhood illnesses
  • your child’s development
  • your wellbeing as parents
  • understanding your child’s behaviour
  • play and stimulation
  • talking to your baby and child
  • keeping your child safe.

Extra support when you need it

Our service is for the whole family. We know that being a parent or carer can be very hard; particularly if you are feeling low, anxious, or that you cannot cope. Your health visitor can give you support and advice.

We can help with, and provide advice on:

  • your and your family’s emotional health and wellbeing
  • any additional health and developmental needs your baby or child might have
  • developing a relationship with your baby
  • domestic abuse
  • drug and alcohol problems
  • changes in your family life

For more information on services for children with additional needs, please see the Hackney Local Offer or City of London Local Offer

If you are worried about your child’s or family’s safety you can ask us for help. We work together with local services and parents to provide support, including safeguarding our local families and children.

The Health Visiting Service has a website and app for families and professionals with information about children’s and families’ health and development.

Contact:

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (except bank holidays)

Team E - St Leonards Hospital

020 7683 4219

huh-tr.hackneyandcityhv@nhs.net

Health Visiting Service