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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 get advice on weaning, breast feeding and sleep routines.

Well Baby Clinic appointments need to be pre-booked by either calling 0300 365 6523 (and leaving a message) or by sending an email to health.visiting@achievingforchildren.org.uk. You can request a preferred date and clinic. We will try to meet your request, but due to the high demand for appointments, an alternative may have to be offered.

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

Nurture groups

Our 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 run by our community nursery nurses and are aimed to give you support, guidance and information about your little one. It also gives you the opportunity to build new friendships with others who are on the same journey as you. You can share the highs and the lows and gain a greater understanding about the new addition to you family.

We will 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.

Well baby clinic and nurture groups times and locations

Well baby clinics and nurture groups (opens a new window)

Contact the Health Visiting service

Telephone: 0300 365 6523

Email: health.visiting@achievingforchildren.org.uk

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