Health Visiting

Health Visitors are qualified nurses who have undertaken specialist training in order to support families with young children. Their role is to work with families to identify their and their child’s health needs and to help give them the best possible start in life through implimentation of the Healthy Child Programe (link to national programme) 0-5.

Every family with a child under 5 will have a named Health Visitor who will be assigned during in the last trimester of pregnancy (6-9 months).

Health Visitors offer tailored advice to parents on their child’s growth and development, both emotional and physical, minor ailments, behaviour and nutrition. They also offer support on issues like post-natal depression. They provide families with advice on and access to immunisations, baby clinics and various parent support groups. They can also help families to connect with agencies outside health, where there is a need, e.g. housing, children’s centres, debt advice etc.

Health Visitors work in the community and visit every family, initially, in their home in the first 2 weeks of life. Other contact may be at the family home, a child development clinic or other venue such as a children’s center which suits both the Health Visitor and the family. They work closely with other health professionals and can refer families to specialists when it is appropriate to do so.

Health Visitors also work closely with other agencies such as education, voluntary services and children’s services to ensure that every child is safe and has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Contact Details

Area

Address

Telephone

Carlisle

Cumberland House, Carleton Clinic, Cumwhitten Drive, Carlisle CA1 3SX 

 01228 608905

 01228 608953

 01228 608046

Longtown Health Centre, Moor Rd, Carlisle CA6 5XA

 01228 792712

Eden

Penrith Health Centre, Bridge Lane, Penrith, CA11 8HW

 01768 245 615

 

Alston Medical Practice, Cottage Hospital, Alston, CA9 3QX

 01434 381218

 01434 381214

 

Appleby Health Centre, The Riverside Building, Chapel Street, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6QR

 01768 354 964

Allerdale

 

 

 

Wigton Hospital, Cross Lane, Wigton, CA7 9DD

 01900 705173

 

Cockermouth Hospital, Isel Road, Cockermouth, CA13 9HT

 01900 705 767

 

Victoria Cottage Hospital, Ewanrigg Road, Maryport, CA15 8EJ

 01900 811 844

Copeland

 

 

 

Beech House, St Bridgets Lane, Egremont, CA22 2BD 

 01946 825 504

 

Cleator Moor Children’s Centre, Birks Road, Cleator Moor

 01946 814 434

 

Seascale Health Centre, Gosforth Rd, Seascale, CA20 1PN

 01946 728 101

 

Flatt Walks Health Centre, Whitehaven, CA28 7QE

 

 01946 68616

 

Lowther Medical Centre, 1 Castle Meadows, Whitehaven, CA28 7RG

 01946 599 992

Furness

 

 

 

Millom Infants School, Lapstone Road, Millom, LA18 4LP

 01229 402610

 

Greengate Children’s Centre, Greengate Lane, Barrow in Furness, LA14 1LF

 01229 827 317

 

Atkinson Health Centre, Market Street,Barrow in Furness

LA14 2LR

 01229 845 950

 

Ormsgill Children’s Centre, Millstone Avenue, Barrow, LA14 4BP

 01229 877 230

 

Abbotsvale Community Centre, Barrow in Furness, LA13 9PA

 01229 814 300

 

Walney Children’s Centre, Mill Lane, Walney Island, Barrow, LA14 3NT

 01229 473 234

 

Dalton Children’s Centre, Nelson Street, Dalton-in-Furness, LA15 8AH

 

 01229 407 770

 

Ulverston Health Centre, Dale Street Community Centre, Lund Terrace, Ulverston, LA12 9BE

 01229 484 010

 

Kendal

 

 

 

Kinta House, Helm Close, Kendal, LA9 7HT

 01539 718 155

 

Windermere Health Centre, Goodly Dale, Windermere, LA23 9BN

 01539 447 625

 

Milnthorpe Children's Centre, Firs Road, Milnthorpe , LA7 7QF

 01539 564 887

 

Lunesdale Surgery, Wellington Court, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2HQ

 01524 279 177

 

Here are some websites from other organisations which parents may find useful:

Netmums – a unique network for both Mums and Dads which offers a wealth of information at both a local and national level.

Cumbria Children & Families Information Service – providing a range of information on services for children and young people in Cumbria. 

NHS Choices – if you want more advice on immunisations please speak to your Health Visitor, GP or Practice Nurse.

Change4Life – healthy food & activity tips for you and your family.

APNI – The Association for Post-Natal Illness.

The Birth Trauma Association – support for women with post-traumatic stress disorder or birth trauma.

FSID – provides information on the prevention of sudden deaths, health promotion, and support to bereaved families.

Barnardo's – advice and support for children, young people and families affected by drug abuse, disability, sexual/domestic abuse, homelessness, poverty and many other issues.

Action for Children – a national charitable organisations that provide advice and support for children and families.

Howgill Family Centre – a local charitable organisations that provide advice and support for children and families.


Health visitors give top tips to parents to improve the wellbeing of the baby and the family!

Health visitors give top tips to parents to improve the wellbeing of the baby and the family!

Sarah gives mum some guidance on how to relax and tips on how to get her baby to sleep for longer

Our health visitors give top tips to parents on wellbeing of their baby and the family

Our health visitors give top tips to parents on wellbeing of their baby and the family

Sarah Worsell gives mum some guidance on how to relax and tips on how to get her baby to sleep for longer periods.

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