Expectant mothers will be automatically referred into the health visiting service.
New mothers requiring breastfeeding support can be referred into the service by:
- A health visitor
- A GP
- Nurses in hospital settings
- Any healthcare professional
Antenatally, the local midwifery teams will provide details of your expected date of delivery to the local health visiting teams. We use this information to make contact with you when you are pregnant.
When your baby is born, the health visiting team will receive automatic notification from the hospital. A health visitor will make contact with you and arrange to meet with you. At this visit, you will be able to discuss with your visiting health visitor how often you would like to be seen and where this contact happens. Sometimes you may prefer to see the health visitor in the clinic, children’s centre, your home or somewhere that will suit you best.
If you move into the area after your child is born, your new GP will let us know you have registered and we will make contact within 14 days of receiving the information from your new GP practice.
Should your child be over five years of age, the school nursing service will receive details that you child has transferred into school. The school nurse will make contact with you on school entry at four to five years of age.
Healthy Child Clinics
These clinics are an opportunity for parent(s)/carers to see a member of the Health Visiting team, and to speak with a professional for advice and guidance. The clinics are open to all families with children under the age of five.
The Health Visiting Team are supported at the clinics by Children’s Centre staff. Facilities for self-weighing of infants is available at these sessions and no appointment is necessary. If you need to speak to an individual member of the team, a private room is available for this purpose. Please remember to bring your child’s red book with you.
Times and dates
Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm (all year)
Barnstaple Health Centre, Vicarage Street, Barnstaple, EX32 7BH
Thursdays 9.30-11.30am (September, November, January, March, May and July)
Sticklepath Children’s Centre, Woodville, Barnstaple, EX32 8EF
Thursdays 9.30-11.30am (October, December, Feburary, April, June and August)
Forches Children’s Centre, Forches Avenue, Barnstaple, EX31 2HH