Health visitors are registered nurses and midwives with an additional community public health qualification. We offer support and practical advice on many aspects of child development as well as family health.
The Health Visiting Team works in partnership with children and families, as well as other professionals such as health, education, social care and voluntary organisations to provide health support which is tailored to individual needs. Our skill mix team comprises of staff nurses, registered nurses with training in maternal and child health, and nursery nurses who are qualified in child development and have relevant training in child-related issues such as sleep, behaviour issues and healthy eating.
We can provide locally designed health visiting services for all families with children under five in Bracknell, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire. We aim to help children get the best possible start in life.
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During the first five years of your child’s life, as part of your local Universal Healthy Child Programme, we provide:
We offer further help for families and children who require additional support, for example with parenting skills, breastfeeding and childhood nutrition. We can also arrange support from other professionals.
The health visiting team will either see you in your home, at a Children Centre or another community venue. During your appointment we will offer information, advice and support as required and can refer you to other services if necessary. We will update your Personal Child Health Record (Red Book) and the HV record for your child as part of the appointment.
The health visiting service will contact you before your baby is born.
You will be offered a routine appointment when your baby is two weeks old and again when your baby is 6-8 weeks old.
When your baby is 9-12 months old and again at two years old you will be invited to meet a health visitor to review their health and development.
You can see a member of the health visiting team at your local Child Health Clinic or contact us for any concerns or advice by phoning or emailing our duty advice lines.
We run Well Baby Clinics which are drop-in sessions where a health professional is available for a brief consultation about your child's health. You can also have your baby weighed there. The Healthy Child Programme recommends that you weigh your baby no more than once a month until your baby is six months old, and then no more than every two months until they reach one year old. Please note that at times, these clinics can be very busy and you may have to wait to be seen. During School Holidays or adverse weather conditions, opening times may vary, please check before attending.
Well Baby Health Clinics drop-in times
Monday 9.30-11.15am: Caversham Children’s Centre, 114 Amersham Road, RG4 5NA
Wednesday 9.30-11.15am: Whitley Health Centre, 268 Northumberland Ave, RG2 7PJ
Thursday 2-4pm: Salvation Army, Anstey Road, Reading, RG1 7JR (Castle Hill Roundabout)
Friday 1-2.30pm: Ranikhet Children’s Centre, Spey Road, RG30 4ED
Our duty health visiting telephone numbers and emails are:
Bracknell: 0300 365 6000 or email email@example.com
Wokingham: 0300 365 7000 or email: DutyHVWokingham@berkshire.nhs.uk
Reading: 0118 931 2111 (9.00 am- 1 pm) or email bks-tr.ReadingDutyHV@nhs.net
West Berkshire: 0300 303 3944 or email: bks-tr.DutyHVwestberks@nhs.net
Berkshire Healthcare do not provide Health Visiting services in Slough or Windsor and Maidenhead. Local contact details for services provided in these areas are:
01753 373464 / 0800 7723578
Windsor and Maidenhead:
Health visitor 0330 365 6523
School nurses 01628 682979
or via MASH 01628 683150
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