Health Visiting Service

Temporary arrangements during Covid-19 Pandemic

We know that this is a worrying time and it will definitely not be how you had planned your parenting journey but we wish to reassure you that the Health Visiting service is available to help you. Your health visiting service will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic; however the way that the service is delivered will change as some services have been temporarily stopped for example breastfeeding support group. Others services are being provided using non-face to face methods like video-enabled contacts and text/ telephone.

All health visitors are following Public Health Agency COVID-19 guidance. The decision on face to face contacts will be based on your family’s health needs (this includes mothers/ fathers/ partners and the needs of your children, including unborn babies).

If the health visiting team has phoned you or has arranged a video or telephone consultation, it is because they need to be able to safely give you the care you need. Your health visitor will work with you to decide the best option for seeing you and your child. It is important that your child attends all routine immunisation appointments.

Your health visitor will provide advice on how to contact them – although, due to the changes that the service is facing, there may be a delay in responding to routine enquires owing to the increase of demand.

Remember: You can contact your health visitor for information advice and support about yourself or your child’s health and wellbeing. Your Health Visitor’s details can be found in Parent Hand Held Record (PCHR) “the red book”.

Health Visiting General Information

Health visiting service offers family centred contacts and health reviews from pregnancy until your child goes to school.  Your health visitor will share lots of information for example:

  • Parenting – *Star Babies, *Baby & Me parenting group support
  • Infant feeding and nutrition – breastfeeding, bottle feeding, Introducing solid’s
  • Child development ,Play, Language development ,Sleep, Toilet Training
  • Emotional health & wellbeing
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Immunisations
  • Keeping your child safe
  • Behaviour Management*Baby & Me – Parenting Group Support is available locally to support the transition to parenthood, especially for first-time mothers and fathers. It builds on the Star Babies home visiting
  • There are nine health visiting teams who work across the Trust.
  • *Star Babies is part of routine health visiting service for first time parents living within NHSCT from the antenatal period until the baby is 12 months of age. The focus is on the transition to parenthood and bonding with your baby
  • Antrim
  • Ballymena
  • Ballymoney
  • Carrickfergus
  • Coleraine
  • Cookstown
  • Larne/Ballyclare
  • Magherafelt
  • Newtownabbey

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