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Health visiting in Bedfordshire

What we do

Our health visitors support the health and wellbeing of your whole family though the Healthy Child Programme. From antenatal visits until your child goes to school, we work to ensure that your child has the best start possible in life. The programme has the following key milestones:

  • antenatal contact 
  • new birth visit within 10 - 21 days 
  • 6 to 10 weeks contact
  • 9 to 12 month review
  • 3 and a 1/4 year review

Find out more about these appointments and reviews here

During your child’s development reviews, your health visitor will ask you how your child is doing and about any concerns you may have. If your baby was born prematurely, their developmental age will be calculated from your original due date, not from the actual date they were born. It is a good idea to think about any concerns or questions you have before you see your health visitor and write them down so that you don’t forget to ask anything. 

This service also contributes towards:

  • breastfeeding support and nutrition advice 
  • healthy lifestyle choices
  • parenting to include establishing sleep routines and behaviour boundaries 
  • parental health e.g. where to access health advice 
  • child development advice and school readiness
  • support in safeguarding children
  • pre-school immunisations advice
  • emotional health and wellbeing of the family
  • supporting children with additional needs

Our team includes health visitors, community nursery nurses, student health visitors, student nurses and administrators. We work closely with midwives, school nurses, children’s centres, GP’s, social care and voluntary services.

Health visitors and community nursery nurses also run pop-in sessions for children’s health concerns at a variety of locations across Bedfordshire. *Please see our updated pop-in timetable here*

We also support the Bump Birth and Baby antenatal classes and other local parenthood groups

How to contact our service

The health visiting team in your local area are happy to answer any queries or concerns you may have. To contact any of our teams (listed below), call our single point of access (SPA) number on 0300 555 0606 or email us at Calls will be answered Monday Friday, between 8am and 5.00pm.

We also offer a free, confidential text advice service for parents, called Parentline. Simply text 07507 331456 with your question to start the conversation – our team will be there to answer your queries from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). 

Where our service is based

We work from a variety of sites across Bedfordshire.

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Additional links and information

Three new flyers have been brought out by the NHS, designed for new parents and parents to be.  Check them out here:
Maternity Flyer CV19 - Parent Information
Maternity Flyer CV19 - Looking After Yourself
Maternity Flyer CV19 - Planning Your Birth

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