Health Visiting Services
Kent Community Health (NHS) Foundation Trust is commissioned by Kent County Council to deliver the Health Visiting Service across Kent.
The Health Visiting Service is a workforce of specialist community public health nurses who provide expert advice, support and interventions for families expecting a new baby or those with children under 5 years old. The service works in line with the national Healthy Child Programme, which aims to promote health and wellbeing for all children.
You can contact your local Health Visiting team directly or be referred by a GP or healthcare professional.
The Health Visiting Service provides advice and support on:
- growth, physical and emotional development and learning through play
- breastfeeding, introducing solid foods and healthy eating
- common infections, skin problems and minor illnesses in children
- challenges such as teething, temper tantrums, sleeping, eating and toilet training
- post-natal depression, bereavement and violence in the family
- reducing accidents in the home.
The service will contact families to offer support at the following stages of a baby or child’s development:
- during the antenatal period (after 28 weeks)
- following the birth of your baby (usually before 14 days of age)
- between 6-8 weeks of age
- between 9-12 months of age
- between 2-2 and a half years of age.
The service also delivers:
- baby hubs
- healthy child clinics and developmental review clinics
- breastfeeding drop ins (virtual)
- breastfeeding peer support groups
- help and advice on breastfeeding.