The full healthy child programme is still being delivered. Contacts from the health visiting service are being managed as a ‘blended offer’ with face to face contacts in your own home and in local health centres by appointment as well as video or audio contacts.
Please note that childhood immunisations continue as normal.
We are continuing to work with you face to face if you are happy to see us in your home or in a clinic setting. We will be contacting you if you are pregnant, have a new baby or your child is due any developmental reviews but you can contact us too. If you know your health visitor call the number given to you in your red book. We also have 1 duty line operating between 9am-5pm and this has a voicemail facility too: 020 3316 8008.
All families with children 0-5 have access to a Bright Start health visiting team. If you are unsure which team you come under, you can check this by contacting the Islington 0-19 team on 020 3316 8008.
The Bright Start Health Visiting teams work together with all families and the early years services, to provide information and support, facilitating the Bright Start vision, which is to reduce stressors and build resilience in families, so that children will be happy, safe and active, learning and developing physically, emotionally and socially to their full potential. Underpinning the work the Bright Start health visitors deliver are four key principles.
We do this by taking a lead on the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme, which takes the form of five mandated visits.
Breastfeeding support continues and will provide extra support via phone and video calls to mums. Health professionals or mums can leave a message on the helpline answerphone and should receive a response within 24 hours. There will be an appointment-only clinic once a week for mums who need to be seen face to face. Mums can be booked in by the infant feeding team, please call the helpline.
t: 020 3316 8439 (breastfeeding helpline)
Bright Start family support, part of Islington's Early Help services, provides outreach, individual assistance and signposting services for families with under-fives in local neighbourhoods.
Working in local children’s centres, family support workers act as a bridge and resource for families who need help with accessing services. They also introduce families to their local children’s centre activities. Bright Start venues are places where parents can meet other parents, support each other, and can make their voice heard by getting involved in designing and reviewing local services.
The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Nurses
Referral methods: Email
t: 020 7527 5959