The Health Visiting Service is a workforce of specialist community public health nurses who provide expert advice, support and interventions to all families with children aged 0 to 5 years old, and help empower parents to make decisions that affect their family’s future health and wellbeing. This service is led by health visitors and supported by a skill mix team of nursery nurses who deliver the Healthy Child Programme 0 to 5 years to all children within Walsall. When a child is identified to have more complex needs the health visitor works with the family to devise a plan of care detailing additional interventions for the child which often requires referral on to other specialist services.
You can access the health visiting service 9 to 5pm week days by contacting your local health visitor team on one of the below numbers:
- Anchor Meadow Team Westfield Drive Aldridge 01922 605685
- Beechdale Team Edison Road Beechdale 01922 603074
- Brace Street Team Brace Street Caldmore 01922 605900
- Darlaston Team Walsall Road Darlaston 0121 568 4275 WS10 9JS
- Harden Health Centre Harden Road Walsall WS3 1ET 01922 423312
- Parkview Team Chester Road Brownhills WS8 7JB 01922 604535
- Rushall Team Lichfield Road Walsall WS4 1HB 01922 616466
- Sai Team Forester Street Walsall WS2 9PL 01922 605655
- Willenhall Team Field Street
- Willenhall WV13 2NY 01922 604873
Additionally, health visitors hold a variety of drop in child health clinics where you can bring your child up to the age of five without a pre-arranged appointment for advice, support, and growth reviews.
All new babies and their parent/carer receive within 10-14 days of the birth a “new birth visit”, and all families with children under the age of 5 who move into Walsall are contacted by their local health visiting team. During these initial contacts the health visitor will consult you regarding your child’s plan of care. The minimum nationally governed programme of care is that all children routinely receive a new birth visit by 14 days old, a 6 week health visitor review, a developmental review before 1 year of age, a review at 2 years old, and prior to commencing full time school the health visitor will review your child’s records and may contact you to ensure all is up to date before transferring care to the school health service.
Health Visiting teams work in partnership with local midwives, GPs, children centres, education and social care in order to provide a comprehensive service to address both the needs of children and their families. Health Visitors are accessible either via the telephone or through drop in community child health clinics held at various venues across the borough. Additionally, health visitors work closely with a wide range of other children’s services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, orthoptics and dieticians.
If you feel you need anything more than the service provides with your approval the health visitor will sign post you or liaise with other services who together will help you to meet your child’s needs.