Health Visitors are an integral part of the community health services provided in Fife.
Health Visitors are specialist nurses who promote the health of families, individuals and the community as a whole, and provide a family health service based on local need. Some examples of services Health Visitors may provide are:
- Antenatal / new baby visits
- Book Bug
- Breastfeeding support
- Childhood immunisation programme
- Child health surveillance
- Child Protection
- Children with additional / complex health needs
- Health promotion advice e.g. minor illnesses; dental care; home safety; weaning & dietary advice (one to one & group sessions); childhood behavioural management;
- Liaison with local nursery's / social work department
- Local drop-in well baby clinics
- Post natal mental health assessments / support women with post natal depression
- Support for victims of domestic abuse
- Support to families with pre-school children by assessing and planning programmes of care following Health Visitor Pathway
- Triple P Group
The Health Visitor will carry out some of these contacts in the home or in the clinic at the Health Centre or GP Practice. The contact number for your Health Visitor can be found in your Personal Child Health Record [Red Book] or they can be contacted through your GP Practice.
Health Visitors work closely with professionals from education, the local council and the voluntary sector to assess local health needs and develop local health plans. They may be involved in national public health campaigns such as No Smoking Day and Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
For more information contactNHS Fife, Switchboard
Tel: 01592 643355
By Post: NHS Fife, Hayfield House Hayfield Road Kirkcaldy Fife KY2 5AH