Health Visiting

We work with parents and carers offering professional support and advice about the health and development of young children. We aim to help children get the best possible start in life.

We can provide locally designed health visiting services for all families with children under five in Bracknell, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.

During the first five years of your child’s life, as part of your local Universal Healthy Child Programme, we provide:

  • Appointments to review your child’s health and development
  • Advice and support on subjects, such as staying healthy, healthy eating and weaning, stopping smoking, feeding your baby, teething, immunisations, mental well-being and postnatal depression, your child’s growth and development; sleep, behaviour, fussy eating, potty training and common childhood illnesses

We offer further advice and support 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 other community venue.  During this time 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 an 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 two years old you will be invited 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.

Our duty health visiting telephone numbers and emails are:

Bracknell: 0300 365 6000 or email dutyhvbracknell@berkshire.nhs.uk

Wokingham: 0300 365 7000 or email: DutyHVWokingham@berkshire.nhs.uk

Reading: 0118 931 2111 (9.00 am- 4.30 pm) or email bks-tr.ReadingDutyHV@nhs.net   

West Berkshire: 01635 273626 or email:  bks-tr.DutyHVwestberks@nhs.net

                                  

BHFT do not provide Health Visiting services in Slough or RBWM. Local contact details for services provided in these areas are:

Slough: 

01753 373464 / 0800 7723578

publichealthnursing.4slough@nhs.net 

+441753251085

www.publichealthnursing4slough.co.uk

RBWM: 

 marie.bell@rbwm.gcsx.gov.uk / 01628 685942

 or via MASH 683150 mash@rbwm.gcsx.gov.uk  / 07816535866 

 

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