Health Visiting

(Early Help Service 0 to 19)

Health Visiting and the Early Help Service 0-19 can support you and your family from pregnancy until your child is five.  The teams are made up of health professionals and offer a range of support, either one-to-one or in groups.

The Health Visiting Service is currently experiencing high levels of staff shortages across East Sussex.

As a result, we have taken the difficult decision that the Health Visiting team will not be offering an antenatal contact. This means that all of your antenatal care will be provided by the Midwifery Service only and our Health Visiting Service will commence at the new birth visit, which will take place between 10 and 14 days after the birth of your baby.

Although we are unable to offer this contact, within the wider service, first time parents are able to access free Bump and Beyond antenatal education classes which will support you and your birth partner to feel more prepared and confident for your journey through pregnancy, birth and caring for your baby. For more information please visit our – or call 01424 726450 to book a place.

Your child can enjoy the best possible start in life

We offer to you and your family the Healthy Child Programme. To find out more about this look in your child’s Personal Child Health Record or “red book”.

Once your child starts school the school nursing team will provide care for the health and well-being of children 4 to 5 to 19 and their families.

Health Visiting aims to improve the health of our communities by

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Achieve population immunity through increased update of immunisations
  • Increased breastfeeding
  • Appropriate infant nutrition and lifestyle changes to tackle rising obesity and related illnesses later in life
  • Improve maternal mental health and well-being enabling strong early attachment and infant emotional well-being
  • Improved school readiness
  • Reduced number of children requiring formal safeguarding arrangements- achieved through early identification and intervention
  • Increased access to evidence based interventions through the HCP to children and families and tailored to meet specific needs

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