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A health visitor works with families and young people. The main focus of our work is to promote the health of the whole community by helping people stay healthy and avoid illness.

All families with a child under 5 have a named health visitor who will offer help and advice on the following:

  • Their child's growth and development
  • Common infections and skin problems in childhood
  • Behaviour difficulties including: sleeping, eating, potty training, temper tantrums and teething
  • Breastfeeding, weaning, healthy eating, hygiene, safety and exercise
  • Postnatal depression, bereavement and violence in the family
  • Working in partnership with families to tailor health plans to their needs
  • Immunisation programmes
  • Drop in Baby Clinics and Support Groups

Locala Health Visitors deliver an NHS Healthy Child Programme. Which involves the following:

Antenatal visit - Aimed to be carried out from 32 weeks onwards
New Birth visit - Aimed to be carried out up to Day 14 from birth
6-8 week - Comprises of a Skype Call or Telephone Call.
3-4 month - This is a main discussion around introduction to solid food and mothers maternal mental health assessment.
Pre One Year Review - Aimed to be carried out between 7 months and 1 year.
Two Year Review - Aimed to be carried out between 2 and 2 and half years - Primarily by Nursery Nurses

Family Support

We also offer support to the whole family including:

  • Advice on finding employment and benefit rights information
  • Support and reassurance for new fathers about their role
  • Give information on local support networks including ante-natal classes, leisure activities, mother and toddler groups etc
  • Advice on options for childcare available locally
  • Provide support for single parents and parents with learning difficulties
  • Referrals to education programmes or support groups and other support services if required
  • Advocate on your behalf with a range of other agencies including the local authority, education services, voluntary and charitable organisations

Supporting Families can be contacted on 030 3330 9974.

Local Baby Bistro's and Baby Cafe's


If you need to speak to your Health Visitor, they can be contacted via the Health Centres listed below:

Health Visiting Service North - 030 3330 9820

Batley HC
Cleckheaton HC
Dewsbury HC
Ravensthorpe HC

Health Visiting Service South - 030 3330 9974

Mill Hill HC
Princess Royal Health Centre
Slaithwaite Town Hall
The Valleys
Shepley HC
Skelmanthorpe HC

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Useful Links

Immunisations - The NHS guide to vaccinations for you and your family.

Locala Immunisation Team - Information about what the Immunisation Team do and how to contact them.

Locala Infant Feeding - Information for parents and professionals about bottle feeding, breastfeeding and solid foods up to 5 years of age.

NHS Choices Weaning - use the search feature in the top right and use the word "Weaning" for a vast array of relevant information.

Northorpe Hall - A Mirfield based childrens mental and emotional health charity.

Safety/Accident Prevention - Advice, information and resources for safety practitioners, parents, teachers and other professionals who work with children about child safety on the road, in the home and at play.

Toilet Training - You'll find potty training tips on each potty training step along the way; whatever potty training problem you might encounter ERIC offers ways to overcome them.

Visual Guide - Childhood Illnesses - A gallery of images showcasing typical childhood conditions and illnesses and how to identify them. NHS Choices.

Patient Opinion

If you'd like to speak to someone about your Patient Opinion posting please contact - 030 300 34529 Option 1

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