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Health Visiting (Hounslow)

What is a health visitor?

A Health Visitor is a qualified and registered nurse or midwife who works primarily with pre-school children and families. The role of the Health Visitor is about the promotion of health and the prevention of illness in all age groups. The health visitor leads a skill mix team of community staff nurses and community nursery nurses
 
The health visiting team are be able to support and advise on areas such as breast feeding and weaning, emotional wellbeing, attachment, safety, immunisation, physical and emotional development and other aspects of health and childcare. They are also able to provide support with behaviour management, toilet training, sleep and school readiness.
 
Health visitors can advise on all aspects of family health and social issues that may impact on families. Health visitors work in partnership with GPs and other members of the primary healthcare team, and other health professionals such as therapists, community paediatricians, and child and adolescent mental health services.

Health visitors work in collaboration with other agencies such as local authority children’s services and early years children’s services.
 
The health visiting service also has close contact with, and may refer families to, support groups in the voluntary sector such as Home Start. The team are able to signpost clients to services in the local community. 

You can find out more about the role of health visitors by downloading the patient information leaflets on the right hand side of this page.      

Health visitor clinics in Hounslow

Well Child Health Clinics in Hounslow

Our team of health visitors run Well Child Health Clinics across the London borough of Hounslow.

Find out more about these free clinics by clicking on the 'Well Child Health Clinics' tab.

Breastfeeding advice and support/clinics

There is extensive specialist support available for mothers with questions about breastfeeding or who are experiencing difficulties. 

Drop-in sessions are available most days of the week at different locations. Mothers and their supporters can turn up at these sessions and do not need to make an appointment.

You will be seen one-to-one by fully trained breastfeeding specialists.

Full list of drop-in sessions

Please contact the drop-in centre before you travel in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Where to find alternative help

NCT Helpline: 0300 330 0700 / www.nct.org.uk

La Leche League Helpline: 0845 120 2918 / www.laleche.org.uk

The Breastfeeding Network Helpline: 0300 100 0212 / Helpline (Bengali/Sylheti): 0844 856 4003 / www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

NHS Helpline: 0300 100 0212 / www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk  

We do not provide these clinics ourselves and cannot be held responsible for any changes to the sessions.

A picture of a child

Useful links and  other sources of help

  • NCT– Helpline: 0300 330 0700 

Well Child Health Clinics in the boroughs of Hounslow and Richmond:

The health visiting service for Richmond has moved to Central London Community Healthcare. New contact details from 2 January for Richmond are as follows:

• Telephone number 0330 058 1679
• Email address CLCHT.RichmondHV@nhs.net

The Hounslow health visiting service has not changed.


Well Child Health Clinics are appointment-only clinics, run by the trust's health visitors to monitor and assess your baby’s routine growth, as well as your own emotional well-being, if you wish.  For children under 1 year old, it is recommended that your baby is weighed and your emotional well-being is assessed. 

The Well Child Health Clinics are for your baby’s routine growth measurements and assessment of your emotional well-being when your baby is

- between 6-8 weeks of age
- 12 weeks of age
- 16 weeks of age
- between 8-10 months of age

Please book an appointment by calling the Health Visiting Administration Service on 0208 973 3490.   

Download our Well Child Health Clinics programmes below: 

*The health visiting service for Richmond has moved to Central London Community Healthcare. The Hounslow health visiting service has not changed.*

General enquiries

The Health Visiting Team can be contacted via a centralised Administration Hub on 020 8973 3490 / email: hrch.hvadminhub@nhs.net  

Locations

Health visitors will generally arrange to initially visit you at your home. Well baby clinics are held at various clinics and Children's Centres throughout Hounslow/ 

Opening times

Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

Saturday (Heart of Hounslow only) for 27 month reviews 9.30am – 12.30pm

Closed on Sundays and bank holidays. 

Parents and carers can contact the trust's duty health visitor for advice, Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm on 0208 973 3490

If you require any out-of-hours hours advice please either call NHS 111, or contact your GP.

The BCG tuberculosis (TB) vaccine is offered to babies through a referral process only for babies under 1 year old, living in Hounslow or Richmond.

All babies born at West Middlesex University Hospital are routinely offered the BCG vaccine . We are informed that West Middlesex Hospital will contact parents directly to offer a catch up programme.

In Hounslow, we routinely offer the BCG vaccine to all babies under 1 year old, regardless of which hospital they were born at. In Richmond there is a criteria list to complete to determine risk that needs to be met before babies are immunised If your baby lives in Hounslow or Richmond boroughs but was not born at West Middlesex Hospital - ask your health visitor about a referral.
 
There may be a delay in appointment bookings due to a national shortage of the vaccine currently.
  

Advice for parents on the BCG vaccine:

1.            Whilst it is unlikely that your baby if he /she does develop a temperature or become fretful,or if you have any concerns  discuss with your GP, Pharmacist or Phone the NHS advise line on 111 for advise  on the use of paracetemol (Calpol). 

2.            Leave the injection site to air, do not cover with plasters. 

3.            You can bath your baby as normal. 

4.            The injection site may swell and be quite large, i.e. the size of a 10p coin or more.  If the site is larger than a 10p coin, seek advice from your GP as soon as possible.

5.            If redness or swelling moves away from the injection site, or if there is any swelling at the child’s armpit seek advice from your GP as soon as possible. 

6.            The injection site may also look like an abscess, and can take up to three months to heal. This is positive as it shows the vaccine and your child’s immune system is working.

7.            If the site is oozing and you want to take your baby swimming, apply a dressing for a short time only. 

8.            Please do not squeeze the injection site or ulcer formed by the vaccine. 

9.            If the site has not healed after 3 months, seek advice from your GP as your baby may require follow up treatment. 

10.         Your baby can still start their routine immunisations, however you should make sure that your baby is not given another injection in the same arm as the BCG for at least 3 months.

 

More information: 

The health visiting service for Richmond has moved to Central London Community Healthcare. Contact details are:

• Telephone number 0330 058 1679
• Email address CLCHT.RichmondHV@nhs.net

The Hounslow health visiting service has not changed. 


The Health Visiting Service follows the Healthy Child Programme, which recognises the first five years of a child’s life as the most important for human development. We offer 4 tiers of healthcare and prevention to support families in making healthy choices to promote their child’s health, growth and development.  
 
Universal services

The health visiting team offers a core universal health visiting service to every family with a child under 5 years of age consisting of an:

  • antenatal contact

  • new birth contact between 10 – 14 days after birth

  • assessment of maternal emotional well-being

  • child health reviews at 1 and 2 years of age

  • telephone advice line

  • routine growth monitoring at well child health clinics 


Universal plus service

The health visiting team can provide some extra advice and support when you need specific expert help with, for example, postnatal depression, your child’s sleep, feeding or behaviour issues.

 
Universal partnership plus service

If you need additional help because you may be experiencing, for example, domestic violence or mental health problems, the health visiting team will work with you and other professionals to devise a support plan to enable your child to reach their full potential.
 
The Health Visiting service referral form is also available on the right.

Useful links

https://ihv.org.uk/families/top-tips/

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

http://www.hounslowccg.nhs.uk/media/91742/child-illnesses-layout-online.pdf

https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/

 

Health visiting administration hub

To contact and/or make a referral to your local Health Visiting Team please contact the trust's health visiting administration service on 020 8973 3490

Email: HRCH.hvadminhub@nhs.net

Or write to:

Health Visiting Administration Service, HRCH
3rd Floor
ThamesHouse
180 High Street
Teddington
TW11 8HU