Health Visitors are registered nurses who have trained for an extra year to become specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN), working to support families with young children.
They often visit a family at home, which helps to build relationships. They aim to help build parents’ confidence in their ability to give their child the best start in life and listen carefully when parents have concerns. They identify and build on what is going well, and provide information to help parents find their own solutions to problems where possible.
Some common areas of discussion are:
- Infant feeding
- Growth and nutrition
- Postnatal depression
- Safe sleeping
- Accident prevention
- Parenting approaches
- Child protection
- Signposting to other community services
- Managing childhood illness
The Health Visitors work closely with children’s centres and outreach staff to deliver a range of supportive activities for young families in the local area. These may be group activities or one-on-one sessions. In addition, they work with a range of other agencies, specifically health education, social care and voluntary organisations, to support the wellbeing of children and families.
The services are delivered in a variety of locations including the family home, children’s centres, health centres and GP practices. They also offer telephone support.
Hambleton South Health Visitors cover the Thirsk and Easingwold areas and can be contacted on:
Thirsk: 01609 534075 or Easingwold: 01423 542995
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Hambleton South Health Visitors
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