Integrated Women, Children and Families Service
The following services make up the Integrated Women, Children and Families Service
- Children's and Families Health visiting
- School Nursing
- Family Planning
- Maternity Unit
- Neonatal Unit
- Children’s Outreach Team
- Children’s Outpatients
- Children’s Ward
As the COVID-19 response continues, all of our services have had to adapt to be able to deliver care in the safest way possible. Please refer to the relevant Community Service divisions menus below to find out what changes have been made and how these may continue to affect you during COVID-19 pandemic:
Children's and Families Health visiting
The Health Visiting Service is beginning to get services back online following the suspension of some services during the COVID period. Our team are in the process of prioritising the appointments that needed to be suspended with the aim to see all children who require a health and development check over the coming months. We will be in touch with families to offer appointments either at home or in one of our clinics. We would encourage all parents who are concerned about their child’s development to contact us by phone at your local clinic. We are not yet in a position to re start our groups and we will not be running the drop in baby clinics. There are Health Visitors in each clinic base and we can answer any questions you may have. We continue to work alongside our colleagues in social care to support our most vulnerable children and families.
For more details on this service please visit the Children's and Families Health Visiting page.
The School Nursing team is now available to take referrals of school aged children needing extra support. The drop in sessions at schools will be starting again soon and they are planning to re start some public health projects. The safeguarding School Nursing Team continues to support children subject to child protection planning or who are Looked After and are working with our social care colleagues in doing this. The School Nursing Team is available on +44 1624 693210.
See also: School nursing
The Family Planning Service continues to offer services to women as they require them. Over the coming weeks they will start to deliver more services face to face, we would encourage women to call the family planning service on +44 1624 642186 to book an appointment and be advised on the days and times of their drop in clinics.
Services continue to be delivered; however most of this service delivery and consultations are now taking place by phone.
Contraception and prescriptions are being prepared and left for women to collect.
During COVID-19 Pandemic this service continues to nurse babies in need of specialist care following delivery.
Children’s Outreach team (Paediatric)
During COVID-19 pandemic the team is continuing to visit children in their homes - but only where it is deemed to be a clinical priority (this would include flushing of central lines, taking bloods and burns management).
Where possible, phone consultations have been introduced to reduce the need for face-to-face appointments.
Children’s Outpatient appointments (Paediatric)
During COVID-19 appointments have been suspended. Families due to attend are in the process of being contacted by phone following a review of their records by a Consultant Paediatrician.
Some children are receiving phone consultations and a small number of these will be scheduled to attend a reduced outpatients’ clinic.