Health Visiting Service - run by Bedfordshire Community Health Services
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 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
Find out more here: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/Bedfordshire/services/health-visiting
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.
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, call our the Health Hub on 0300 555 0606 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedfordshire Community Services Pop-in Clinics
For more information please contact your health visitor via our Health Hub number (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (excl BH): 0300 555 0606
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
Who to contact
- 0300 555 0606 (Health Hub)
Where to go
Time / Date Details
- Time of day
- Referral required
- Age Bands
Parents and carers
0-4 years old
- SEN Provision Type