A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social wellbeing.
Through the Child Health Surveillance programme, they are able to detect developmental and health problems early and offer advice or referral to the appropriate service. The team has expertise on behavioural problems and sleep management. Regular child health clinics, postnatal classes and a support group for women with postnatal depression are held. The health visitors can be contacted on 01329 835303.