COVID-19 impact on this service
Due to COVID-19 CLCH are continuing to see the majority of clients using video calls. This and is in line with the national advice from NHS England.
In response to COVID-19 the universal Health Visiting and School Nursing services have changed their offer in line with the NHS England and NHS Improvement guidance.
The services are now offering:
- all vulnerable families and young people a range of face to face and video calls or home visit depending on need
- vulnerable antenatal women will be contacted and offered either video or face to face
- all of our New Birth visits will be carried out by a range of video calls and face to face contacts depending on need
- 6 to 8 week maternal mood assessments will be carried out by phone or video call.
Further resources for parents and families
The Institute of Health Visiting is dedicated to supporting the health and well being of all families and are putting together links and resources from trusted organisations and websites to support parents and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Services offered in Barnet
Health Visiting services in Barnet are run by Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH). Health Matters is a digital hub that supports the health visiting services; take a look at the website for more information.
Our duty line is available 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Parents and young people can call for support and advice. The duty line will be staffed by an administrator and a clinician.
Duty Number Barnet: 020 8200 2500, option 1
What does a Health Visitor do?
Health visitors have three main roles:
- give confidential advice, care and treatment to children under the age of 5 and their parents/carers
- look after and protect a childs physical and emotional health via health reviews antenatally, 9 to 14 days after birth, 6 to 8 weeks, 1 year and 2 to 2 ½ years. They also give advice and support for parental emotional health and wellbeing
- deliver the healthy child programme 0 to 5 to children and families in Barnet.
Shortly before or after your baby is born, you'll be given a personal child health record (PCHR). This usually has a red cover and is known as the red book.
It's a good idea to take your baby's red book with you every time you visit the baby clinic or GP. They will use it to record your child's weight and height, vaccinations and other important information. You can also add information to the red book yourself
Fees: no charge
Apply: children are automatically entitled to health visitor services when they are born and you will be contacted for a visit.
If you require a health visitor at times other than the reviews then you can call into a child health clinic or contact Barnet 0 to 19 Single Point of Access (SPA) for Health Visitors.
Phone: 0208 200 2500