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Healthy Start and vitamins: Am I eligible?

NHS Healthy Start – get help to buy healthy food and milk

If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old  you may entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

In Hertfordshire all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children up to the age of five are eligible for free vitamins. Pick these up from the Family Centres or ask you Health Visitor.

Check your eligibility and apply at NHS Healthy Start.

You can also use the benefit-checker on the Hertfordshire County Council website, and access free information about benefits that you might be missing-out on.

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Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-5 years called ChatHealth. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a health visitor within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the service reopens.

  • ChatHealth messaging service:


    07480 635164
  • Family Centre Service (Health Visiting and Family Support):


    0300 123 7572

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 13-02-2023

This page will be next reviewed on 13-02-2026