Who we are
Health visitors are nurses or midwives with specialist training in family and public health. We help parents and their families to improve health and wellbeing during pregnancy, after the birth and all the way through until your child is five.
The Health Visiting Service in Hackney and the City is provided by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The Health Visiting Service is made up of 8 teams divided into 8 geographical areas across both boroughs. The teams are aligned to local Children Centres (in Hackney and the City) and GP surgeries (in Hackney and the City).
How to contact us
Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm (closed on public holidays)
Please note, these details are not for emergencies or urgent medical help. If you need urgent medical advice, please choose from the options on When and where to seek help.
Health Visiting Teams and Locations
1. Woodberry Wetlands
Working with GP practices at Allerton Road Medical Centre, Cedar Practice, Heron Practice, Barton House Surgery, Statham Grove
Location: John Scott Health Centre
2. Clissold Park
Working with GP Practices at Barton House, Brooke Road Surgery, Somerford Grove Surgery, The Surgery, Barretts Grove, Mildmay Medical Practice (Clients in this area may receive Health Visiting Services from Islington tel: 02033168008
Location: Hackney Ark
3. Springfield Park
Working with practices: The Surgery Cranwich Road, Stamford Hill Group Practice, Springhill Practice
Location: Fountayne Road
4. Hackney Downs
Working with GP Practices: Elm Practice, The Gadhavi Practice, Rosewood Practice,Healy Medical Centre, Riverside Practice, Dr Rajiv Goel, Clapton Surgery, Nightengale Surgery
Location: Fountayne Road
5. Hackney Marshes
Working with GP Practices: Athena Medical Centre, Lower Clapton Health Centre, The Kingsmead Surgery, the Lea Surgery,
Location: Lower Clapton
6. Well Street
Working with GP Practices: The Trowbridge Surgery, The Wick Health Centre, Elsdale Street Surgery, Latimer Health Centre, Well Street Surgery, The Greenhouse Practice
Location: Lower Clapton
7. London Fields
Working with GP Practices: Queensbridge Group Practice, Richmond Road Surgery, London Fields Medical Centre, Beechwood Medical Centre, Dalston Practice, Sandringham Practice
Location: Ann Taylor Children’s Centre
8. Shoreditch Park and City
Working with GP Practices: The De Beauvoir Practice, The Lawson Practice, Hoxton Surgery, Shoreditch Park Surgery, Neaman Practice.
Location: St Leonard’s Hospital
Who we work with
We work as part of a wider health team which includes nursery nurses, GPs, midwives, paediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists and other health professionals.
We also work closely with Children’s Centres, Early years day care settings and play groups (in Hackney and City of London), family support workers, and Children’s Social Care.
Compliments from families
‘Great staff, friendly, informative. Feels like a community, warm welcome. Relaxed and approachable.’
‘I have 3 children that have used this health visiting team and they always provided an excellent service and advice.’
‘The service was amazing, thoughtful, insightful and like no other service in the NHS.’
Where you will see us
- in your home
- in local Well Baby Clinics
- in your GP’s surgery
- in your Children’s Centre
- in an Early Years settings
We offer you and your child 6 health and developmental appointments as part of
the Department of Health “Healthy Child Programme”.
When you will see us
- in pregnancy – after 28 weeks you will be contacted by our team
- 10 to 14 days after the birth of your baby
- 6 to 8 weeks
- 8 to 12 months
- 27 months*
- 3 and a half year pre school review
*If your child is attending a local Early years setting when they are 27 months old you will be offered a joint review of your child’s development, including their health, learning and behaviour.. This will be with your health visitor and Early years provider and is known as an “integrated review”. If your child is not at an Early years setting the review will be with a member of your health visiting team.
We are here to help, listen, understand your needs and work in partnership with you to give your family the best start. For some families this will include additional visits.
Extra support when you need it
Our service is for the whole family. We know that being a parent or carer can be very hard; particularly if you are feeling low, anxious, or that you cannot cope. Your health visitor can give you support and advice.
We can help with, and provide advice on:
- your and your family’s emotional health and wellbeing
- any additional health and developmental needs your baby or child might have
- developing a relationship with your baby
- domestic abuse
- drug and alcohol problems
- changes in your family life
If you are worried about your child’s or family’s safety you can ask us for help. We work together with local services and parents to provide support, including safeguarding our local families and children.
Referral to our service
Health visiting is a universal service offered to all parents living in the London Borough of Hackney and the City of London.