Health Visitors

Contact the Health Visiting Service

If you need to contact the Health Visiting Service call our central phone line: 01633 431 685 to be put in touch with our teams throughout Gwent.

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There is also a host of useful information, websites and videos which you can access on the Health Visiting Linktree

Looking to meet other parents and get support feeding your child? Come along to one of our many Feeding Groups across Gwent.


 

Well Baby Clinics

The Health Visiting Service is excited to launch Well Baby Clinics that will regularly take place across the 5 borough's of Gwent.

The Well Baby Clinics are an opportunity to have your baby weighed and speak to a member of the Health Visiting Service about any concerns or questions you may have. These clinics usually lasts for around 15-20 minutes and you will need to book a timeslot below. As the name suggests, the Well Baby Clinics are for babies who are in good physical health.

Where some of these clinics may have previously run as drop in clinics, parents will now need to book a timeslot online to attend.

 

Blaina

Heart of the Valleys Integrated children's centre, High St, NP13 3BN

Wednesday 9.30am – 12.30pm

Book Your Slot

 

Cwm

Cwm Flying Start Hub, Canning Street, Cwm, Ebbw Vale NP23 7RD

Thursday 9.00am – 12.30pm (once a month) 

Book Your Slot

 

Ebbw Vale

Glyn Ebwy Surgery, James Street, Ebbw Vale NP23 6JG

Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Book Your Slot

 

Tredegar

The Bevan Centre, Tredegar HC, 1 Park Row, Tredegar NP22 3NG

Wednesday 9.30-12.30pm

Book Your Slot

 

Abertillery/Swffryd

Cwm Calon Surgery, Bridge Centre, Foundry Bridge, NP13 1BQ

Monday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Book Your Slot

Where some of these clinics may have previously run as drop in clinics, parents will now need to book a timeslot online to attend.

 

South Caerphilly

Denscombe

Rear of Ludlow Street, Caerphilly, CF83 1GG

Wednesday 09:30 - 15:30 

Book Your Slot

 

St James

St James ICC, St James Primary, Pen-Y Cae, CF83 3GT

Wednesday 9:30am - 13:00pm

Book Your Slot

 

Penyrheol

Penyrheol Community Centre, 2 Heol Aneurin Penyrheol Caerphilly CF83 2PG 

Tuesday 9:30am - 13:00pm

Book Your Slot

 

Parc Y Felin

Parc y Felin, Parc Y Felin Street, Caerphilly, CF83 3AH

Monday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Book Your Slot

 

Trethomas

Trethomas Health Centre, 57 William Street, Trethomas, CF83 8FX

Monday 9.30am - 1:30pm

Book Your Slot

 

East Caerphilly

Pontllanfraith - Bryn Primary

The Bryn Primary School, Forest Hill, Pontllanfraith, NP12 2PL

Monday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Book Your Slot

 

Pontllanfraith - Health Centre

46 Blackwood Road, Pontllanfraith, NP12 2YU

Wednesday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Book Your Slot

 

Crospenmaen

Crospenmaen Community Hall, Crospenmaen, NP11 3AW

Thursday 9.30am - 12.00pm

Book Your Slot

 

Markham

Markham Miners welfare hall and institute, Bryn Road Markham Blackwood NP12 0QE 

Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm (every 2 weeks)

Book Your Slot

 

Trinant

Trinant Flying Start, Trinant Terrace, Pentwyn; Crumlin; NP11 3JJ

Tuesday 9:30am - 11.00am

Book Your Slot

 

Ty Sign

Ty Sign Primary School, Elm Drive, Risca, NP11 6HG

Tuesday 9:00am - 11:00am

Book Your Slot

 

Pantside

Pantside Primary School, Pantside Primary School Old Pant Road Newbridge NP11 5DE 

Tuesday 9.00 - 11.30am (every 2 weeks)

Book Your Slot

 

Risca

Risca Health Centre, 55 Cromwell Road, Risca, NP11 7AB

Monday 1:00 - 3:00pm

Book Your Slot

 

North Caerphilly

Ystrad Mynyach

Ystrad Ysbyty Fawr, Childrens Outpatients, Hengoed CF82 7GP

Thursday 13:30 - 17:00pm

Book Your Slot

 

New Tredegar

White Rose Medical Centre, White Rose Way, New Tredegar NP24 6EE

Thursday 1:00 - 5:00pm (every 2 weeks)

Book Your Slot

 

Rhymney

Rhymney ICC, 22 The Lawns Industrial Estate Tredegar NP22 5PW 

Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm (every 2 weeks)

Book Your Slot

 

Bargoed

South Street Surgery, South Street, Bargoed CF81 8SU

Wednesday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Book Your Slot

 

Gelligaer

Gelligaer Surgery, Heol Penallta , Gelligaer, hengoed CF8 8FQ

Tuesday 1.30pm - 4pm (evey 2 weeks)

Book Your Slot

 

Hengoed

Hengoed Hall Community Centre, Park Road , Hengoed, CF82 7LD

Every Tuesday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Book Your Slot

Where some of these clinics may have previously run as drop in clinics, parents will now need to book a timeslot online to attend.

 

Chepstow

Chepstow Community Hospital, Tempest Way, Chepstow, NP16 5YX

Thursdays 9.30am - 12:30pm ​​​​​

Book Your Slot

 

Abergavenny

Salvation Army Hall, 20 Victoria Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5DS

Thursday 9.30am - 11.30pm

Book Your Slot

 

Caldicot

Cae Mawr Clinic, Cae Mawr Road, Cadicot, NP26 4EW

Wednesday 9.30am - 12.00pm

Book Your Slot

 

Monmouth

Wiggles & Giggles Baby Group, Over Monnow Family Learning centre, Victoria Estate, Monmouth, NP25 5AR

Tuesday 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Book Your Slot


Abergavenny - Acorn Centre

Acorn Centre, Deri View Primary, Llwny Lane, NP7 6AR

Monday 9.00am - 12.00pm

Book Your Slot

Where some of these clinics may have previously run as drop in clinics, parents will now need to book a timeslot online to attend.

 

West Newport

Duffryn

Duffryn Community Centre, Duffryn Shopping Centre, Newport

Thursday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Book Your Slot

 

Pill

Pill Flying Start, Caple Crescent, Newport, NP20 2FT

Wednesday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Book Your Slot

 

Rogerstone

Serennu Childrens Centre, Cwrt Camlas, NP10 9LY

Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Book Your Slot

 

Bettws

St Johns Ambulance Building, Lyne Road, NP20 5JG

Monday 9.00am - 2.30pm

Book Your Slot

 

East Newport

 

Beaufort Centre

Beaufort Road, St Julians, Newport, NP19 7UB

Wednesday 9.30am - 12:00

Book Your Slot

 

Milton

Milton Flying Start, Milton School, Hendre Fram Drive, Newport NP19 9HB

Wedesday 13.00pm - 3.30pm

Book Your Slot

 

Beechwood

Beechwood House, Beechwood Park, 54 Beechwood Road, Newport, NP19 8AH

Monday 9.00am - 15.00pm

Book Your Slot

 

Ringland

Ringland Labour Club, Ringland Circle, Newport, NP19 9PS

Tuesday 9.30am - 15.00pm

Book Your Slot

Where some of these clinics may have previously run as drop in clinics, parents will now need to book a timeslot online to attend.

 

Cwmbran

Cwmbran Town Centre Clinic, Tudor Road, Cwmbran NP44 3YA

Wednesday 9am - 11.40pm

Book Your Slot

 

Garndiffaith

Garn Surgery, Stanley Road, Garndiffaith, NP4 7LY

Wednesday 9:30am - 11am (every 2 weeks)

Book Your Slot

 

Pontypool

Park Road Wellbeing Centre, Park Road, Pontypool, NP4 6XQ

Wednesday 9:30am - 11:30am

Book Your Slot

 

Blaenavon

Blaenavon Resource Centre, Middle Coed Cae Road, Blaenavon NP4 9AW

Wednesday 9:30am - 11am (every 2 weeks)

Book Your Slot


 

What can I expect from my health visiting team?

The Healthy Child Wales Programme sets out key times when you will recieve contact from your health visiting service which are detailed below. These scheduled appointments may take place at home, at a clinic or virtually.

You will be called by the team to arrange your initial birth visit and you may be contatced via text regarding your appointments with the Health Visiting Service. So it is important that we have an up to date mobile number to contact you on. Please call 01633 431 685 to update us with any changes to your contact information. 

If you need to rearrange any appointments please call 01633 431 685

The Healthy Child Wales Programme (HCWP) sets out what planned contacts children and their families can expect from their health boards from maternity service handover to the first years of schooling (0-7 years). These universal contacts cover three areas of intervention: screening; immunisation; and monitoring and supporting child development.

The Welsh Government expects that every child and family will be offered the HCWP. The programme underpins the concept of progressive universalism and aims to identify a minimum set of key interventions to all families with pre-school children, irrespective of need. For some families there will be a need to increase intervention to facilitate more intensive support. The implementation of the HCWP ensures a commitment to support the health and welfare of all children aged 0-7 years and aims to achieve the following key priorities:

• To deliver key public health messages from conception to 7 years, so that families are supported to make long term health enhancing choices.

• To promote bonding and attachment to support positive parent-child relationships resulting in secure emotional attachment for children.

• To promote positive maternal and family emotional health and resilience.

• To support and empower families to make informed choices in order to provide a safe, nurturing environment.

• To assist children to meet all growth and developmental milestones enabling them to achieve school readiness.

• To support the transition into the school environment.

• To protect them from avoidable childhood diseases through a universal immunisation.

• To ensure early detection of physical, metabolic, developmental or growth problems through an appropriate, universal screening programme.

The Healthy Child Progamme continues to be delivered and supported by School Nursing teams once your child starts school.

If you have any worries about your baby’s or toddler’s development talk to your health visitor, even if it is some time since the last regular visit, or some time since you’ve been to a clinic. Health visitors can come to your home to talk through any concerns you have and can put you in touch with the people who can help if there are problems.

During the second trimester of pregnancy, Midwives will be expected to inform Health Visitors of any pregnant woman who is a first time mother or who may require additional support. The criteria will include the following:

• First time mothers

• Parents expecting multiple pregnancies

• Parents with learning difficulties

• Parents with pre existing or current safeguarding concerns, including domestic abuse

• Parents at higher risk of having emotional/mental health needs

• Unborn baby is known to have a medical condition

If referred this may trigger an invite for an antenatal review commencing from 28 weeks gestation. Parental expectations and preparation for parenthood will be discussed and assessed to identify risk and an assessment of family resilience conducted. The assessment and evaluation of available information will determine the level of intervention necessary to support the family; which will be discussed and agreed with the familyHealth Visitors work in partnership with midwives and aim to visit you after the 28th week of pregnancy. This will give you an opportunity to discuss your pregnancy, your health and wellbeing and your ideas about your baby and plans for after your baby is born.

A routine birth contact will be offered by the Health Visiting Service to all parents/carers between 10 to 14 days following the birth of their baby. Further contacts will be offered before the baby is 6 weeks old if needed.

This contact is an opportunity to influence family health and health behaviours that will impact upon long term health outcomes. This will include delivering on priorities such as; smoking cessation, increasing immunisation rates and supporting children and families to achieve a healthy weight.

Opportunities will be sought to promote secure attachment and bonding between the parent/carer and their baby, which is vital to ensure the baby`s optimal brain development. This will help parents understand the baby’s behaviour and enable them to build on their skills and knowledge. It is hoped that this will ensure that parents will be caring, confident and competent in their parenting.

The contact will emphasise the importance of parental emotional and physical wellbeing for family health. Support and advice will be offered to parents/carers about key 11 health promotion messages, which will improve the family’s well being and also support parents/carers to become resilient to the challenges of parenting.

A discussion will be had regarding expected developmental milestones and the ongoing management of baby‘s well being, for example, the management of minor illnesses and the prevention of accidents, including Choose Well (NHS 2011).

 

There is also a host of useful infomation, websites and videos which you can access on the Health Visiting Linktree

Following the birth of a baby some women can experience feeling low and emotional. This can occur between 4-12 days after childbirth and is often mild and perfectly normal.

Postnatal depression symptoms can occur within the first year of having had your baby and affects between one and four in every 10 women. Symptoms include low mood, feeling emotional and tearful, anxious, and loss of enjoyment in activities that you previously enjoyed.

If you feel you have symptoms of postnatal depression then you may need help from your Health Visitor or GP.

Your health visitor will sensitively discuss your emotional health and wellbeing with you between 6-8 weeks. They will be able to organise extra support for you if you need it. Best Beginnings has several videos relating to maternal mental health.

The Health Visiting Service encourage attendance and uptake of immunisations at Child Health Clinics when the baby is 8, 12 and 16 weeks. A member of the Health Visiting Service will review the baby`s growth and developmental progress.

Key public health messages may be reinforced as appropriate at these contacts i.e. breastfeeding, dental health, healthy start vitamins, healthy nutrition and promoting baby development.

Discussions will be had around the baby’s developmental progress and age appropriate milestones. Advice will be offered regarding the management of baby and childhood minor ailments as stated in the previous review.

There is also a host of useful infomation, websites and videos which you can access on the Health Visiting Linktree

A clinic appointment will be offered by the Health Visiting Service to all parents/carers at 6 months.

The purpose of this contact is to promote secure attachment between a parent/carer and their growing baby which is vital for the baby’s optimal brain development and the baby`s social and emotional wellbeing. This will assist parents to build on their own skills and knowledge of their baby’s ever expanding capabilities to encourage caring, confident and competent parenting.

The importance of parental emotional and physical wellbeing and include an assessment of maternal emotional health and well being using the NICE questions witll also be emphasised. 

Support and advise for parents/carers about key public health messages which improve family wellbeing will be provided; alongside support for parents/carers to become resilient to the challenges of parenting.

Public health priorities will be met by the provision of support and advice on various key areas including baby and home safety, breastfeeding, weaning, healthy food choices, reading and play, pet safety, dental care and dental registration, immunisation programmes, smoking cessation and promoting smoke free environments.

 

There is also a host of useful infomation, websites and videos which you can access on the Health Visiting 6 Month Linktree

A clinic appointment will be offered by the Health Visiting Service to all parents/carers when their child is 15 months of age.

This is another opportunity to support the family and assess the child’s health and development and to discuss any concerns or support needed in order to assist families to help their child reach their full potential.

Children not walking should be observed and followed up at 18 months of age.

This contact will have specific focus on the development of speech and language skills.

Public health priorities will be met by the provision of support and advice on various key areas including: promotion of safety in the home and the community, dietary advice, stimulation of development through play and reading, dental health, smoking cessation and the childhood immunisation programme.

 

There is also a host of useful infomation, websites and videos which you can access on the Health Visiting 15 Month Linktree

A clinic appointment will be offered by the Health Visiting Service to all parents/carers at 27 months.

The purpose of this contact is to assess growth and developmental progress of the child and provides an opportunity to review family health.

Public health priorities will be met by the provision of support and advice on various key areas including: dietary advice, smoking cessation, dental health, play, vision, childhood immunisation programme, preparation of school readiness and promotion of safety in the home and the community.

 

There is also a host of useful infomation, websites and videos which you can access on the Health Visiting 27 Month Linktree

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A clinic appointment will be offered by the Health Visiting Service to all parents/carers when their child is 3 ½ years old.

Those children who will require a full handover to the School Health Nurse will be identified.

Public health priorities will be met by the provision of support and advice on various key areas including: dietary advice, smoking cessation, dental health, play, vision, childhood immunisation programme, preparation of school readiness and promotion of safety in the home and the community

 

There is also a host of useful infomation, websites and videos which you can access on the Health Visiting 3.5 Year Linktree

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Other Teams working closely with the Health Visiting Service

Responsive Feeding Team

The ABUHB Responsive Feeding Team can provide feeding support for parents and run regular feeding groups throughout the 5 boroughs. All the details are below, parents can turn up to any of the groups below, not just the ones in their area.

There is also a host of useful infomation, websites and videos which you can access on the Responsive Feeding Linktree

 

 

Ebbw Vale

Hilltop Hub, Brynteg Terrace, NP23 6NA

E1 Bus to Brynteg Terrace

Tuesdays, 9.30- 11.30am (Term time only)

Kelly Evans 07583029781

Drop by any time between 9:30 - 11:30 and stay for however long you can, no need to make an appointment.

Support offered: Breastfeeding support. Bottle feeding support. Social networking. Confidence building

 

Blaina

Blaina Integrated Children's Centre, High Street, Blaina, NP13 3BN

91, X1, X15 Buses. Onsite Parking available

Wednesdays 9.30am -11.00am (Term time only)

Drop by any time between 9:30 - 11:00 and stay for however long you can, no need to make an appointment.

Kelly Evans 07583029781

Support offered: Breastfeeding support. Bottle feeding support. Social networking. Confidence building.

Caerphilly Central

Parc- y- felin Integrated Children's Cente, Parc- y- felin Street, Caerphilly, CF83 3AH

Buses 26, 50, C9, C16. C17

Wednesday's, 10.00am - 11.30am (Run throughout the year).

Drop by any time between 10 - 11:30 and stay for however long you can, no need to make an appointment.

Rebecca Meader 07790947327

Support offered: Breastfeeding support group. Social Networking, confidence building.

 

Pontllanfraith

Flying Start Bungalow, Bryn Primary, Forest Hill, Pontllanfraith, NP12 2PL

Thursdays 1pm - 2.30pm

Drop by any time between 1 - 2:30 and stay for however long you can, no need to make an appointment.

Rebecca Meader 07790947327

Support offered: Breastfeeding support group. Social Networking, confidence building

Caldicot

Caldicot Community Hub, Woodstock Way, Caldicot, NP26 5DB. Buses 74, X74

Tuesday 10am -11:30am (Term time only)

Drop by any time between 10 - 11:30 and stay for however long you can, no need to make an appointment.

01291 426425

Support offered: Breastfeeding support, social networking and confidence building.

 

Monmouth

The Bridges Centre, Drybridge House, Monmouth, NP25 5AS

Wednesday 10am - 11.30am (Term time only).

01600 228660

Support offered: Breastfeeding support, social networking and confidence building.

 

Monmouth

Monmouth Communicat Hub (Library)

Rolls Hall, Whitecros St, Monmouth, NP25 3BY

1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, 10 - 11.30am

Peer supporter Feeding group, support, social networking and confidence building.

 

Abergavenny

Kingdom Come Café, 3 Castle Meadows Park, Merthyr Road, Abergavenny, NP7 7RZ

Tuesday 10am -12pm (Term time only)

Booking required, contact Sophia: 07940 064123

Breastfeeding support, social networking and confidence building.

Central Newport

St Johns Ambulance Base. Lyne Road, Newport, NP20 5JG

Wednesday 10am - 11.30am (Term time only)

Drop by any time between 10 - 11:30 and stay for however long you can, no need to make an appointment.

Gwen Burrell 07769964309

Support offered: Breastfeeding support

Rogerstone

Ty-Du Welfare Hall, Newport, NP10 9EQ

First and Third Fridays of each month 10:30am - 1pm

Drop by any time between 10:30 - 1pm and stay for however long you can, no need to make an appointment.

Katrina or Rhiannon 01633 892505

Support offered: Breastfeeding support, social networking and confidence building.

Cwmbran

Cwmbran Town Centre Clinic, Tudor Road, NP44 3XH

Wednesdays 9am - 10:30am

Drop by any time between 9 - 10:30 and stay for however long you can, no need to make an appointment.

Suport offered: Breastfeeding support. Bottle feeding support. Social networking. Confidence building.

 

Pontypool

Pontnewynydd Methodist Church, Pontnewynydd, Pontypool, NP4 6PD

Wednesdays 10am - 11.30am

Samantha Hoskins 07876022316

Support offered: Breastfeeding support, Social Networking, confidence building

 

Pontypool

A peer supporter-led group at Cold Barn Farm, Trevethin, Pontypool, NP4 8DT.

Fridays, 10am - 11.30am, £1 charge

Support offered: Breastfeeding support. Social networking, confidence building

 

Toileting Team

The ABUHB toileting team can help with many things including Bedwetting, Constipation and Toilet Training.  

G-PIMHS

The Gwent Parent and Infant Mental Health Service are a specialist team who provide expertise in supporting and strengthening the important relationships between babies and their parent/carer(s). They work closely with families through thoughtful prevention and early intervention to give every baby the best start in life. We work together with all the services around a family to support the early relationship and promote emotional well-being.

Speech and Language

If you are worried about your child's speech and language development you can talk to your health visitor first for pre-schoolers and look at the tips below. If your child is school age you can talk to your child's teacher. 

The ABUHB Speech and Language Team work closely in Gwent with both health visitors and teachers and they have professional guidelines to know when to refer a child to speech and language therapy services and can help you in the first instance.

If you remain concerned you can find out how to refer to the speech and language therapy service by going to the Referral to Children's Services page

Improving the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of expectant mothers, infants, children and young people throughout Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Area.

(N.B: The Family and Therapies team at ABUHB is NOT responsible for the content on the webpage links that we refer to in our resource sections and linked information to external sites. All information was accurate and appropriate at the time the webpage was created.)

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