In response to coronavirus, this service has made some changes – for updated service information click here.
Health visitors work in people's homes, community health centres, Children's Centres and GP surgeries supporting parents in the promotion of health and wellbeing of all pre-school aged children across Liverpool. All children receive this service from birth and, in some circumstances, prior to birth. Child health practitioners and nursery nurses support the health visitor in delivering this service.
The Health visiting team works in accordance with the Healthy Child Programme, a national programme aimed at promoting optimal health and wellbeing for all children. We also work closely with Midwives, Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), School Nurses, Children's Centres, GP's, Social Care and Voluntary services.
Our health visitors are registered nurses or midwives who have who have a specialised qualification in the care and development of pre-school children.
The service offers:
- Breastfeeding support/advice
- Advice on healthy eating and exercise
- Child developmental reviews
- Advice regarding child behaviour
- Support children with any additional needs
- Support in safeguarding children
- Pre-school immunisations advice
- Referrals to child specialist services
- Physical and emotional wellbeing for the family.
Health Visitors and team members can be contacted by asking for details from your GP practice. If you have recently moved into the local area, once you have registered with a GP surgery, the Health Visitor will be notified and will contact you to discuss the service.
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Children and Young People’s Service is delivering a 0-19 health visitor led assessment clinic.
The clinic is for any child or young person that requires a weight/ height or clinical observation of blood pressure or pulse to be recorded.
Referrals will be accepted for the following:
- Children with metabolic disorders
- Babies presenting as failure to thrive
- Children and young people where there is a high clinical need to have a face to face review.
The clinics will operate Monday to Friday with appointments being offered at Norris Green and Old Swan Walk in Centre. Children will be offered an appointment as close to home as possible. In line with the social distancing and infection control measures and guidance, five appointments will be available at each venue on a daily basis.
Parents or carers will be advised that only one adult should attend with a child and a PHE risk assessment will be completed prior to the confirmation of an appointment.
Referrals will be accepted from health visitors, school nurses, GPs, social workers and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital colleagues.
If you have any questions please call 0151 295 3317
The service will be operational from Friday 16 April 2020 until further notice.
Please note this service is currently only for Liverpool residents.