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Health Visiting Service

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What do health visitors do?

Health visitors are qualified nurses or midwives who have undertaken further qualifications in public health. They are specialist nurses in health promotion for the whole family as well as having extensive knowledge about childhood growth and development. 

Every family in the UK who are currently expectant and/or have children under the age of five are allocated a named health visitor who will work with the family in partnership to help facilitate parents to make informed decisions about their families health and wellbeing.

The health visiting team at Prudhoe Medical Group is

Gill Patterson (Health visitor)

Lynn Bainbridge (Health visitor)

Gill Darling (Nursery nurse)


The health visiting team are available from Monday to Friday

from 8am until 4.30pm 

You can contact them on 01661 835767, however, if no one is available you can leave a message and they will get back to you on their first available working day, this may take a little longer at times of staff holidays, training etc.

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Developmental reviews

The health visiting team provide a number of  appointments at home and in clinic during pregnancy and throughout the first five years of your childs health.

The tabbed sections labelled 'Antenatal Contact', 'Primary Birth Contact', '6 Week Contact', '4 Month Contact', '1 Year Contact' and '27 Month Contact', provide some information on some of the topics covered at each appointment and some links to online resources which will be utilised and discussed during your appointment.

Drop in sessions

As well as developmental contacts the health visiting team offer weekly drop in sessions which offer the facility of enabling you to to discuss any subjects you wish face to face with a member of the team. If a more in depth discussion is needed follow up appointments can also be arranged either at home or in clinic.

Drop in sessions also have the facility to have your baby weighed, meet other parents in the area and are also breastfeeding friendly.

Drop in sessions are available

every Thursday

from 9.00 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. 

Group sessions

The health visiting team facilitate a number of local groups which are free of charge and enable parents and babies to meet other parents and babies in a social setting.

Invitations will be sent out to every family at suitable times to ensure every parent and child has the opportunity to attend.

The groups we currently facilitate are as follows:-

Birth and Beyond,

this is recommended to be attended during pregnancy

Little Treasures,

parents and babies will be invited at around 6 weeks of age.

Infant Massage,

parents and babies will be invited at around 12 weeks of age.

What's Weaning,

parents and babies will be invited at around 12 weeks of age.


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