Should you need urgent health advice please contact your GP or call NHS 111. In an emergency please visit A&E or call 999

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In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, your Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) team can offer additional support to parents/carers and families alongside routine appointments.

There are many areas your Health Visitor can provide support, including:

  • Feeding, nutrition and starting solid foods- support with establishing and maintaining breastfeeding and formula feeding, introducing solid foods, portion sizes and healthy nutrition
  • Growth Monitoring- in response to identified needs, growth monitoring can be offered
  • Developmental delayenabling you to support your child in developing gross and fine motor skills and a programme to support the improvement of speech and language development
  • Managing sleep, behaviour and toileting- offering strategies to positively manage behaviour issues and supporting your child to become dry
  • Safety- guidance in the prevention of accidents and injury in your environment
  • CONI (Care of next infant)- programme of support including regular weighing and monitoring
  • Maternal Mental Health- supportive contacts, signposting and referrals to local mental health services if needed

This list is not exhaustive and your Health Visitor can offer you advice and support around other concerns that you may have.  Support may be provided by your Health Visitor or other members of the Public Health Nursing team, such as Healthy Child Programme Practitioners, Healthy Child Programme Nurses or Healthy Child Programme Nursing Associates.

Health Visiting teams work together with other health professionals and outside agencies to support you in your parenting journey. This may include local authority early help services or children’s services, when needs are identified. Your Health Visitor will always discuss this with you before sharing any information.

If you would like to speak to the health visiting team, you can call the Healthy Together Helpline on 0300 300 3001, or you can get in touch via our confidential text messaging service, ChatHealth; details of which you can see below:

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) 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 line reopens.

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.

Page last reviewed: 20-02-2024

Next review due: 20-02-2027