Who are Health Visitors?
They support families with a new baby or a child aged under five-years-old. Working together with you and your family they can develop individual family health plans to help you with your family’s needs. They can provide 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
They work closely with midwives, GPs, Paediatricians, local children’s centres and voluntary organisations to provide you with the best possible care.
They have a duty health visitor who is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm who can talk to you about any concerns you may have or support you to access the right service. You can find there contact details in your red book or contact your local team on 0300 1233018 or kentchft.doverDutyHV@nhs.net
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust's (KCHFT) health visiting team are promoting the new Born 2 Move (B2M) app to parents and carers. The B2M app supports parents and carers on the journey from pregnancy all the way to their child starting school.