Health visitors / Child health
Available on 01343 816330 Monday to Friday 8.30am -5.00pm
Health Visitors - A team of 3 Health Visitors led by Fiona Huffer
The Health Visiting team aims to promote the health of the whole community but primarily works with preschool children and their families. They undertake childhood developmental assessments in keeping with the routine surveillance programme, offer support regarding parenting, child protection and all aspects of child care. The health visitors are involved in the administration of the routine childhood immunisation program
The core programme offered to all children is as follows:
- A Primary visit following discharge from the midwife
- 3-5 weeks - 2 home visits
- 6-8 weeks - Developmental and well-being review at home
- 2 months - Immunisations
- 3 months - Immunisations and home visit
- 4 months - Immunisations and home visit
- 8 months - Home visit
- 12 months - Immunisations
- 13-15 months - Developmental and well-being review at home
- 27-30 months - Developmental and well-being review
- 4 years - Immunisations
- 4-5 years - Developmental and well-being review prior to starting Primary School
- All new to area families should receive a minimum of 1 visit/contact to be introduced to your Health Visitor
Baby Drop in service
A well baby drop in service is operated in the practice on the second Thursday of every month between 10 and 11am
All new babies will be offered a 4 week course in Baby Massage - more information can be found in the leaflet in your child's Red Book
Child Health Self Help websites
The two websites below are full of informative, up to date information, we would encourage you to use these valuable resources.
Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight these diseases if we come into contact with them. The health visitors team co- ordinates and manages the child immunisation programme. More information on child hood immunisation can be found here:
What to expect after immunisation: babies and young children: The information leaflet below should help.
School Nurse - Mark Swinglehurst
The NHS Grampian School Health Service is staffed by nurses who have undergone specialist training. They work in schools to promote good health, carry out health screening and provide vaccination and immunisation services for pupils. Primary 1 (P1) school children in Scotland are screened to check their height, weight, vision and other general health issues. Similarly, in Secondary 2, school children receive vision screening and a colour vision test. School
nurses can also develop care plans for school children with health problems and ensure that everything is in place for these pupils to allow them to get on with ‘school life.’
The school nurses work closely with teachers and parents and are useful source of advice
and information. They also liaise with hospital services to ensure that pupils are receiving
appropriate care and medicine.
In secondary schools, school nurses also play a supporting role in the classroom, particularly around social education, for example, issues relating to sexual health, smoking and drugs.