Who we are
Health visitors are nurses or midwives with specialist training in family and public health. We help parents and their families to improve health and wellbeing during pregnancy, after the birth and all the way through until your child is five.
The Health Visiting Service in Hackney and the City is provided by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The Health Visiting Service is made up of six teams (A-F) divided into six geographical areas across both boroughs. The teams are aligned to local Children Centres (in Hackney and the City) and GP surgeries (in Hackney and the City).
Compliments from families
Great staff, friendly, informative. Feels like a community, warm welcome. Relaxed and approachable.
I have 3 children that have used this health visiting team and they always provided an excellent service and advice.
How to contact us
Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm (closed on public holidays)
020 7683 4219 or 0207 683 4151
Please note, these details are not for emergencies or urgent medical help. If you need urgent medical advice, please choose from the options on When and where to seek help.
Health visiting teams
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your health visiting team directly on the telephone numbers below.
Serving GP practices at Allerton Road Medical Centre, Barretts Grove Surgery, Cedar Practice, Heron Practice, Barton House Surgery, Cranwich Road Surgery.
John Scott Health Centre
Serving the Stamford Hill Practice, Clapton Surgery, Dr Gadhvi Practice, Springhill Surgery, Healy Practice, Elm Practice, Rosewood Practice and Riverside Surgery.
Fountayne Rd Health Centre
Serving the Somerford Grove Practice, Brooke Road Surgery, the Sandringham Practice, the Dalston Practice and the Nightingale Practice.
Serving GP practices at the Athena Medical Centre, the Kingsmead Surgery, the Trowbridge Surgery, the Lea Surgery, the Wick Health Centre and the Lower Clapton Health Centre.
Lower Clapton Health Centre
Serving the Lawson Practice, the De Beauvoir Practice, Hoxton Surgery, Shoreditch Park Surgery, Whiston Road Practice, Southgate Road Medical Centre, Queensbridge Group Practice, Beechwood Medical Centre, St. Peters Medical Practice, Neaman Practice.
St Leonard’s Hospital
Serving the Latimer Health Centre, Well Street Practice, Elsdate Surgery, Richmond Road Surgery and the London Fields Medical Centre.
Ann Tayler Children’s Centre
Well Street Practice
Baby Friendly Initiative
The Baby Friendly Initiative was set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation and is a global programme aimed at providing a practical and effective way for local services to improve the care for mothers and babies, supporting successful breastfeeding and relationship building.
In Hackney and City we have been awarded stage 1 accreditation and are now working on stage 2 where we are working closely with the children centres and Homerton Hospital. We aim to educate all our staff in the community to support parents in their feeding choices along with supporting relationship building.
Who we work with
We work as part of a wider health team which includes nursery nurses, GPs, midwives, paediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists and other health professionals.
We also work closely with Children’s Centres, Early years day care settings and play groups (in Hackney and City of London), family support workers, and Children’s Social Care.
Compliment from a family
The service was amazing, thoughtful, insightful and like no other service in the NHS.
Where you will see us
- in your home
- in local Well Baby Clinics
- in your GP’s surgery
- in your Children’s Centre
- in an Early Years settings
We offer you and your child five health and developmental appointments as part of
the Department of Health “Healthy Child Programme”.
When you will see us
- in pregnancy – after 28 weeks you will be contacted by our team
- 10 to 14 days after the birth of your baby
- 6 to 8 weeks
- 8 to 12 months
- 27 months*
*If your child is attending a local Early years setting when they are 27 months old you will be offered a joint review of your child’s development, including their health, learning and behaviour.. This will be with your health visitor and Early years provider and is known as an “integrated review”. If your child is not at an Early years setting the review will be with a member of your health visiting team.
We are here to help, listen, understand your needs and work in partnership with you to give your family the best start. For some families this will include additional visits.
What we offer
We can talk about the following for you and your family:
- milk and food for babies, toddlers and older children
- understanding crying
- managing childhood illnesses
- your child’s development
- your wellbeing as parents
- understanding your child’s behaviour
- play and stimulation
- talking to your baby and child
- keeping your child safe.
Extra support when you need it
Our service is for the whole family. We know that being a parent or carer can be very hard; particularly if you are feeling low, anxious, or that you cannot cope. Your health visitor can give you support and advice.
We can help with, and provide advice on:
- your and your family’s emotional health and wellbeing
- any additional health and developmental needs your baby or child might have
- developing a relationship with your baby
- domestic abuse
- drug and alcohol problems
- changes in your family life
If you are worried about your child’s or family’s safety you can ask us for help. We work together with local services and parents to provide support, including safeguarding our local families and children.
How we helped
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Referral to our service
Health visiting is a universal service offered to all parents living in the London Borough of Hackney and the City of London.