What is a health visitor?
A health visitor is a qualified nurse or midwife who has completed specialist training in children and family health. They offer support and advice regarding the wellbeing of your child until the school years.
What will your health visitor provide?
Your health visitor will provide you with specialist up-to-date advice and support on many health and wellbeing topics such as:
- your own support after the birth of your baby
- your child’s development
- assistance with the various aspects of being a parent
- childhood immunisations
- formula feeding
- introducing solid foods
- dental care
- minor ailments
When will I meet my health visitor?
The health visitor will contact you in the final weeks of pregnancy to introduce the service.
What can I ask my health visitor?
Please feel free to ask your health visitor any questions you have at any time. Health visiting teams spend a lot of time on home visits but all health visiting teams have answer phones and will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.
If you have concerns and can’t get in touch with your health visitor immediately, contact your GP surgery or NHS24 on 111.