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Health Visiting Service

About Health Visiting

  ‚ÄčThis is a public health nursing service for residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.  The team consists of specialist community public health nurses (also called ‘Health Visitors’), community nursery nurses and administrative staff.

The service provides:

  • expert information
  • assessments
  • interventions for babies, children and families.  

In addition to the universal provision to all clients, the service also supports first-time parents and families with children who have complex needs. Health visitors use a strengths-based model in order to empower parents to make decisions that affect their family’s health and well-being.

We are a community-based service which works alongside other professional services in order to provide the best possible start in life for each child.  These professional services include:

  • General practitioners,
  • Child development services,
  • Acute hospitals and maternity services,
  • Children’s centres, early years and voluntary organisations.

Health visitors are the professional lead for the prevention and early intervention public health programme called the Healthy Child Programme (pdf)for the age group of 0 – 5 years.

The health visitor is a registered nurse or midwife with a postgraduate qualification in public health, focussing on subjects such as:

  • child development
  • child health
  • parenting strategies
  • breastfeeding
  • nutrition
  • postnatal depression
  • community support 

The community nursery nurse is qualified in early years and works alongside the health visitor, supporting families with children up to 5 years of age.

We offer a minimum of five core contacts to all clients, both in the home and at community venues and this is all part of the universal healthy child programme.  These contacts incorporate information, advice, support and interventions for children and their families from the late antenatal period right through to when your child goes to school.

Well baby clinics

Well Baby Clinics are held regularly across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead so that you can take your baby along and weigh them. You will also be able to discuss any worries or concerns with your Health Visiting Team and obtain advice on topics such as weaning, breastfeeding and sleep routines.

Well Baby Clinic appointments will no longer need to be pre-booked from 1st July 2022 and you are warmly welcome to 'drop in' for the venues and clinic times.  

Every Monday 1pm to 3pm
Riverside Family Hub, West Dean, Raymill Road West, Maidenhead SL6 7JB

Every Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am
The Manor Family Hub,off Hanover Way, Windsor SL4 5NW

Every Thursday 9.30am to 11am
Little Cygnets Children’s Centre, St Mary’s Church of England, The Green, Datchet SL3 9EJ (SAT NAV SL3 9ER)

Every Friday 9.30am to 11am
Boyn Grove Library, Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6JE.

First Wednesday of the month 9am to 10.30am
Ascot Durning Library, High Street, Ascot, SL5 7JF

Please note that all 4 week old babies will routinely be given an appointment for a weight check at a local clinic.

Nurture groups

Nurture groups are aimed at parents and their babies from birth to 12 months or when mobile.

We appreciate how daunting being a new parent can be. Our Nurture Groups are facilitated by our Community Nursery Nurses, who are professionally trained in Early Years. The sessions are aimed at providing you with support, guidance and information about your little one. It also provides you with an opportunity to build new friendships with others who are on the same journey as yourself.  You can share the highs and the lows and gain a greater understanding about the new addition to you family.  We will also discuss subjects that will be relevant to you and your baby, such as weaning, safety in the home, mental health and wellbeing, dental care, basic first aid, benefits of play and developmental milestones.

Nurture Groups also do not require pre-booking.

Every Monday, 10am to 11.30am
Riverside Family Hub, West Dean, Raymill Road West, Maidenhead SL6 7JB

Every Wednesday, 2pm to 3.30pm
The Manor Family Hub,off Hanover Way, Windsor SL4 5NW

Every Friday 10am to 11.30am
Little Cygnets Children’s Centre, St Mary’s Church of England, The Green, Datchet SL3 9EJ (SAT NAV SL3 9ER)

Contact the Health Visiting service

If you wish to discuss any of your concerns, please phone the Duty Health Visitor on 0300 365 6523 (this is for non-urgent enquiries, please leave a message and we will get back to you within working hours or the following day). Alternatively, please email our service on health.visiting@achievingforchildren.org.uk. If you have any urgent health issue, please contact your GP, NHS 111 or the Emergency Department of your local hospital.

 

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