Who is our service for?
The Health Visiting Team offer a universal service for all families with children aged 0 - 5 years. The team 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 so can help with issues such as healthy weight, perinatal mental health, behaviour management, sleep problems, baby massage and domestic abuse.
Their role includes:
- Offering parenting support and advice on general family health and minor illnesses
- New birth visits which include advice on feeding, safe sleeping and care for your newborn baby
- Offering well baby clinics to seek advice and review your baby’s health, including their weight and development
- Providing families with specific support on subjects such as breastfeeding
- From 28 weeks of pregnancy - in the antenatal period
- Between 10 – 14 days of your child’s birth
- When baby is 6-8 weeks of age
- Between 9 - 12 months of age
- Between 2 – 2½ years of age
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. They aim to help promote good health and prevent illness by offering practical help and advice.
The team also includes Nursery Nurse staff who have specialist knowledge in areas such as child development, healthy eating, behaviour and sleeping.
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 from the Child Health Department.
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
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.