Our Practice attached health visitors are Paula Myatt and Roxane Mitton.
Every family with children under five has a named health visitor. Our role is to offer support and encouragement to families through the early years from pregnancy and birth to primary school and beyond. They work closely with GP’s and cover the geographical area of the GP practice.
You can access your health visitor through your GP Surgery by phoning or dropping in at your health centre or clinic to request a home visitor speak to a health visitor.
The Health Visitor is a Qualified Registered Nurse, Midwife, Sick Children’s Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse with Specialist qualifications in Community Health, which includes child health, health promotion and education.
A Health Visitors role is a varied one and is an integral part of the NHS Community Health Service. The main focus of our work is prevention, helping people to stay healthy and avoid illness.
Health visitors also offer help and advice to parents on the following:
• Their child’s growth & development
• Common infections in childhood
• Common skin problems
• Behaviour difficulties. Sleeping, eating, potty training, temper tantrums and teething.
• Breastfeeding, weaning, healthy eating, hygiene, safety and exercise
• Postnatal depression, bereavement and violence in the family
We are also involved in:
• Working in partnership with families to tailor health plans to their needs
• Coordinating child immunisation programmes
• Organising and running baby clinics
• Health promotion groups, Breast feeding support groups, Parent support groups, parenting courses
• Nurse prescribing