The health visitng 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
- Weekly contact until 6-8 weeks
- At 12 weeks immunisation and weight
- At 16 weeks immunisation and weight
- By 6 months the Family Health Assessment and plan should be completed.
- At 12-13 months weight, heigh and immunisation (three immunisations over two months)
- A 2 year contact to review the childs health needs and update family health plans.
- Between 3 -4 years height, weight. Pre - school immunsation offered and orthoptic screening checked to ensure it is completed.
- All new to area families should receive a minimum of 1 visit/ contact
- The child and their family may be offered additional supports such as parenting programmes and infant massage
Baby Drop in service
A baby drop in service is operated in the practice every Wednesday between 1.30pm and 2.30pm
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.
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.