The Health Visiting Service is part of the Children’s Integrated Community Health Service and works with all families with children aged 0-5 years in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. They are based at Ings Lane and can be contacted on 01706 676302.
They work within a skill mix team and are based in a variety of community settings. Health Visitors work closely with the wider multi professional team across the Borough of Rochdale.
They offer support and encouragement to you and your family from pregnancy and birth, through the early years, to primary school. They can give advice on lots of things including infant feeding, healthy weight and nutrition, child development, accident prevention, oral health and emotional health and wellbeing to support your child to be school ready.
A core set of visits is offered as below, but your Health Visitor may see you at other times depending on your child’s and family’s needs.
The Health Visiting teams run appointment only child health clinics, based on clinical need, where you can bring your baby or child to be weighed, discuss feeding and introducing solids, talk about development or any other health issues you would like to discuss. Please contact your local Health Visiting Team if you feel you need an appointment at one of these clinics.
The 5 core contacts are:
- Your Health Visitor may contact you before your baby is born after 28 weeks of pregnancy or sooner if required
- Your Health Visitor may see you before your baby is born between 28-36 weeks of pregnancy.
- New Birth Visit (when your baby is 10 – 14 days old)
- Postnatal Contact (when your baby is 6 – 8 weeks old)
- Developmental Review (when your baby is 9 – 12 months)
- Developmental Review (when your child is 2 – 2 ½ years old)
Health Visitor Feeding Clinic
If you require extra support with your babies feeding contact your HV team and they will refer you to the feeding clinic or other appropriate services as required.
You may seen in your home, local health centre, children’s centre or other community-based location. Please bring your red book with you to all your appointments.
Please contact the teams directly or via the referral portal: