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Health Visiting Service - run by Bedfordshire Community Health Services Coronavirus update

Health visiting will deliver only ante-natal visits and support (joint approach to be developed with midwifery colleagues); telephone and text advice (digital signposting); new birth visits; follow up of high risk mothers, babies and families; Guthrie (blood spot) screening.

In order to deliver the best possible patient care during the Coronavirus outbreak, we will be re-organising aspects of children's services that are provided and delivered by Bedfordshire Community Health Services. Please see the details on our public website (www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/Bedfordshire/coronavirus) for which services will be continuing, what changes will be made, and what will be suspended until further notice. 


 

Our health visitors support the health and wellbeing of your whole family though the Healthy Child Programme.  From antenatal visits until your child goes to school, we work to ensure that your child has the best start possible in life. The programme has the following key milestones:

  • antenatal contact 
  • new birth visit within 10 - 21 days 
  • 6 to 10 weeks contact
  • 9 to 12 month review
  • 3 and a 1/4 year review

During your child’s development reviews, your health visitor will ask you how your child is doing and about any concerns you may have. If your baby was born prematurely, their developmental age will be calculated from your original due date, not from the actual date they were born. It is a good idea to think about any concerns or questions you have before you see your health visitor and write them down so that you don’t forget to ask anything. 

This service also contributes towards:

  • upporting children with additional needs
  • breatfeeding support and nutririon advise 
  • healthy lifestyle choicess
  • parenting to include establishing sleep routines and behaviour boundaries 
  • parental health e.g. where to access health advice 
  • child development advice and school readiness
  • support in safeguarding children
  • pre-school immunisations advice
  • emotional health and wellbeing of the family

Our team includes health visitors, community nursery nurses, student health visitors, student nurses and administrators. We work closely with midwives, school nurses, children’s centres, GP’s, social care and voluntary services.

Bedfordshire Community Services Pop-in Clinics

You do not need an appointment and all have self weigh facilities.  For more information please contact your Health Visitor using our Single Point of Access (SPA) number, or visit www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/pop-ins for dates and venues. 

Baby Brasseries

Social support groups for breastfeeding, mixed feeding and antenatal mums, where you can meet other mums, ask questions about feeding, and get skilled breastfeeding support.   Visit: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/babybrasseries for dates and venues. 

 

Nurse Led Clinics
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the reduced face to face service, for families who access our services based at the Child Development Centre (CDC) and Union Street Clinic we have temporarily extended our nurse led clinic telephone drop-in hours.  

If you require advice on sleep, behaviour or continence concerns you can now call us on 01234 301271 between 09.30-11.30am   Monday – Friday on 01234 310271 and Thursdays  1.30 - 2.30pm

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
ccs.beds.childrens.spa@nhs.net

Where to go

Name
Varies

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Evening
Morning
Afternoon

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
No
Other notes

How to contact our service
The health visiting team in your local area are happy to answer any queries or concerns you may have. To contact any of our teams (listed below), call our single point of access (SPA) number on or email us at  0300 555 0606  ccs.beds.childrens.spa@nhs.net

 

Parentline
We also offer a free, confidential text advice service for parents, called Parentline. Simply text 07507 331456 with your question to start the conversation – our team will be there to answer your queries from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). 


Nurse Led Clinic
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the reduced face to face service, for families who access our services based at the Child Development Centre (CDC) and Union Street Clinic we have temporarily extended our nurse led clinic telephone drop-in hours.  

If you require advice on sleep, behaviour or continence concerns you can now call us on 01234 301271 between 09.30-11.30am   Monday – Friday on 01234 310271 and Thursdays  1.30 - 2.30pm

Age Bands
Parents and carers
0-4 years old
SEN Provision Type
Universal