Health visiting - Solihull

Due to the current concerns regarding Coronavirus, we have changed how we deliver our service including increasing use of telephone and video calls and delivering some of our groups virtually. We are still here Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays). If you have any worries or concerns regarding your baby or child, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Solihull Health Visiting Team contact information:

To text a question to a Health Visitor, please use our ChatHealth service and text 07507 332563

To speak to a Health Visitor or to discuss an appointment, please ring:

  • North – 0121 329 0120
  • South – 0121 726 6755 or 0121 726 6756

For up-to-date service information, including information about well-baby clinics and groups, please access our social media pages:

Facebook

www.facebook.com/SolihullHVs

Instagram

@SolihullHVs

Twitter

@SolihullHVs

Solihull Infant Feeding Team contact information:

To speak to our Infant Feeding Team, please ring: 0121 726 6753

For the latest information, please access our social media pages:

Facebook Group

Breastfeeding Solihull

Facebook Page

SolihullInfantFeedingTeam

Instagram

@SolihullInfantFeedingTeam

Twitter

@Solihull_IFT

Youtube

Solihull Infant Feeding Team


If you have an appointment with us, please do not attend if you or your child has a high temperature or a new, continuous cough. If you have any questions regarding your appointment, please ring us.

What we do

The Solihull Health Visiting Service is here for you! We’re a team of Health Visitors (qualified specialist community public health nurses) working in partnership with community Nursery Nurses, Infant Feeding Specialists and other professionals who support families in Solihull.

We help to empower parents and carers to make decisions that affect their family’s health and well-being. We provide expert information, developmental assessments and interventions for babies, children and families along the parenthood journey – from before your baby is born until 5 years of age. Our role is focused on improving the health outcomes for children, the local community, wider populations and to support reducing inequalities.

Your community

Communities have a range of services provided a number of groups. Health visitors work closely with others to develop services and make sure you know about them.

We can help with:

  • housing and local services
  • dealing with community issues

Contact information

To access contact information for the Health Visiting Service click here.

To access our social media pages:
Facebook - @solihullhealthvisitors
Instagram - @solihullhealthvisitors
Twitter - @solihullHVs

ChatHealth

There’s a new number for texting our health visitors from your mobile phone. We aim to reply to you within one working day and you should get an immediate message back to confirm we have received your text. Text will only be seen between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

The text number for this is 07507 332563

If you need help before you hear back from us contact your GP or dial 111.

Unless you give permission, the information you provide will not be shared with other agencies – except in circumstances where we feel you or someone else is at significant risk or there are safeguarding concerns. If we did need to share your conversation, we would always try to speak with you first. In order to provide you with the best possible care, we hold information you tell us on electronic records that are shared with other relevant health professionals. Your information will be kept secure, accurate and in a manner that is compatible with General Data Protection Regulation. For more information please visit www.swft.nhs.uk/privacy-policy

Our text number does not receive voice calls or MMS picture messages. We support messaging from UK mobile numbers only (which does not include messages sent from landlines, international mobile numbers and some 'number masking' mobile apps). To prevent the health visitor from sending messages to you, text STOP to our number. Messages are charged at your usual rates.

Infant Feeding

SOLIHULL INFANT FEEDING TEAM

Solihull Infant Feeding Team consist of staff who are Registered Midwives, Lactation Consultants, Tongue Tie Practitioners and Breastfeeding Peer Supporters.

We are accredited as a Unicef Baby Friendly Gold service meaning you can expect the highest possible standards of care around infant feeding and parent-infant relationships.

This is what we do:

· Provide information and support both before and after baby is born, however baby is fed. This information can include topics around breastfeeding, formula feeding, expressing, brain development, working and breastfeeding, long term breastfeeding, stopping breastfeeding.

· We work alongside Health Visitors, Midwives and other Health Professionals to provide support and information.

· Hold regular Breastfeeding Cafes which are run by our Breastfeeding Peer Supporters, where you can find professional help as well as support from other mums and families.

Hold Breastfeeding Clinics where there are more complex breastfeeding challenges.

· Loan out for free, hospital grade, double breast pumps for 4 weeks, if you have a Solihull postcode, your baby is under 8 weeks of age and you are facing breastfeeding challenges.

· Provide free Volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Support training for mums who have breastfed and wish to support other mums and families by volunteering within our Breastfeeding Cafes.

· Provide training for Health Visitors, GP’s and other Health Professionals.

· Our support is provided face to face, 1-1, in groups, by phone/social media/video calls

This is how you can contact us:

o Phone us on 0121 726 6753

o Follow our “Solihull Infant Feeding Team” page on Facebook

o Join our closed Facebook group “Breastfeeding Solihull”

o Find us on twitter @Solihull_IFT and Instagram @SolihullInfantFeeding


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Universal services – offered to all

We provide the Healthy Child Programme to ensure a healthy start for your child, ongoing support for parents, and access to a range of community based services and resources. It is a universal service that is offered to all parents and includes:

  • a visit before your baby is born, usually when you are more than 25 weeks pregnant
  • a visit and check when your baby is 11-14 days old
  • a review for you and your baby at 6-8 weeks carried out by your GP
  • a contact when your baby is 3-4 months old
  • a 9-month health review
  • a 2-2 ½ year review, usually carried out by a nursery nurse

Universal Plus – specific support when you need it

Universal Plus gives parents an expert response from health visitors when specific help is needed. This may be in the case of:

• post-natal depression

• sleep problems

• breastfeeding

• other feeding issues

• speech development

• concerns regarding your child’s behaviour and/or development


Universal Partnership Plus - ongoing support for families with more complex needs

Universal Partnership Plus provides ongoing support from health visiting teams plus a range of local services that help with more complex issues. These include children’s centre services, other community services including some charities when appropriate, and the Family Nurse Partnership. For example:

  • families living with disabilities
  • mental health issues
  • drug and alcohol related problems
  • learning disabilities
  • complex family circumstances
  • support with domestic violence
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