Who is our service for?
Health visitors offer a universal service for all families with children aged 0-4 years. We aim to empower families to provide the best possible start in life for their children and offer health and wellbeing support and advice for the whole family, from pregnancy through to the child entering school in their reception year.
How do we help?
Health visitors are qualified nurses with additional qualifications and specialised training at degree level or equivalent. They work in partnership with people, with the aim of empowering individuals, families and communities to improve their own emotional, physical and social health.
Many Health Visitors have special interests and additional qualifications in smoking cessation, postnatal depression, behaviour management, sleep problems, baby massage, domestic violence and contraception.
Common tasks include:
- Offering parenting support and advice on general family health and minor illnesses
- New birth visits which include advice on feeding, weaning and dental health
- Offering well baby clinics to seek advice, weights and review of your baby's health
- Providing families with specific support on subjects such as post natal depression
You can expect to receive contact by your Health visiting team, as a minimum at:
- 28 weeks and above of pregnancy, in the antenatal period
- Within 14 days of your child's birth
- At 6-8 weeks of age
- Between 9-12 months
- Between 2-2.5 years
Who can refer into our service?
Health visitors are automatically notified by the hospital when a child is born, but can also be informed of new families within the area by the GP, hospital or a maternity unit.
What happens in an emergency?
Outside of normal hours please contact your GP, NHS Direct on 111 or visit your nearest walk in centre. In an emergency please call 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.
How do you reach the service?
The Health Visiting service is available between 9.00 and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
The Health Visiting service is split across five localities within the Dudley borough. Please click the relevant link below for further information on each locality.
Halesowen Health Visiting Team – Contact Information
Stourbridge Health Visiting Team - Contact Information
Brierley Hill and Kingswinford Health Visiting Team - Contact Information
Dudley Central Health Visiting Team - Contact Information
Dudley North Health Visiting Team - Contact Information
Family Inclusion Service - Contact Information
Health visitors work with families, in the Dudley borough, before and after babies are born and continue to work with children in their early years. We aim to help promote good health and prevent illness by offering practical help and advice.