Health Visitors are registered nurses/midwives who have additional training in community public health nursing. In Sandwell, Health Visitors work from bases in each area of Sandwell alongside Nursery Nurses who support the work.
Health Visitors work with parents and carers who have new babies, offering support from the ante-natal period until your child starts school at five years. Health Visitors may see you at home or in clinics and invite you to join groups and networks run by either us or our colleagues such as Nursery Nurses or Children’s Centre staff. Every GP practice in Sandwell has a named Health Visitor.
We offer advice and information on a wide variety of health issues in order to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles for you and your family. We offer developmental reviews of your child for early detection of any problems. To address any concerns you may have and provide appropriate advice and support.
Each family can expect as a minimum five contacts.
- Antenatal contact
- Postnatal visit between 10-14 days of birth
- Six to eight weeks after delivery
- Nine to 12 months
- Two to two and a half year old
The Health Visiting contact centre is your first port of call if you need to speak to a member of the Health Visiting team i.e. a Health Visitor or a Nursery Nurse. Your call will be answered by a member of the administration team, who will take your details and a message. This will then be forwarded to your Health Visiting team, and a member of the team will return your call to help with your query.