Health visitors

Health visitors are registered nurses or midwives with a specialist qualification in public health. They work with families who have children between the ages of 0 and five.

There are five key stages in your child’s development when you will be contacted by your health visitor:

  1. Before your baby is born (when you are around 30 weeks’ pregnant)
  2. New birth visit – between days eight and 14
  3. Six to eight week visit
  4. Seven to 11 month developmental review
  5. Two to two and a half years developmental review

Each health visiting team runs a child health clinic, which you can attend with your under five for advice, support and weighing. You do not need to make an appointment to attend the child health clinics, which are held in a variety of venues including GP practices and children’s centres.

Lewisham health visiting services are run by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, whereas Greenwich and Bexley health visiting services are run by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Lewisham health clinics

Times

Clinic name

Address

Monday 1.30pm–3.30pm

South Lewisham Health Centre

50 Conisborough Crescent, Catford SE6 2SP

Monday 1pm–3pm

Ladywell Hub 30 Rushey Mead, Ladywell SE4 1JJ

Tuesday 9.30am–11.15am

Jenner Health Centre

202 Stanstead Road, Forest Hill, SE23 1HU

Tuesday 9.30am–11am

Lee Health Centre

2 Handen Road, Lee, SE12 8NP

Tuesdays 11am– 1pm

Rushey Green Group Practice

Hawstead Road, Catford, SE6 4JH

Tuesday 1pm –2.45pm

Waldron Health Centre

Stanley Street, Deptford, SE8 4BG

Tuesday 1pm–3.15pm

Honor Oak Health Centre

20 Turnham Road, Brockley, SE4 2LA

Tuesday 1pm–2.45pm

St John Medical Centre

56-60 Loampit Hill, Lewisham, SE13 7SX

Tuesday 1.30pm–3pm

Torridon Road Children’s Centre

103 Torridon Road, Catford, SE6 1RQ

Wednesday 9.30am–11.15am

Sydenham Green Health Centre

26 Holmshaw Close, SE26 4TH

Wednesday 1.30am–3.15 pm

Marvels Lane Health Centre

38 Marvels Lane, Grove Park SE12 9NP

Wednesday 1pm–2.45pm (please arrive no later than 2.30pm)

Waldron baby hub

Stanley Street, Deptford, SE8 4BG

Thursday 9.30am–11.30am

Bellingham baby hub

109a Randlesdown Road, SE6 3HB

Thursday 9.30am–12 noon

Downham Health and Leisure Centre

7–9 Moorside Road, Bromley BR1 5EP

Thursday 1pm–3pm

Lee Health Centre

2 Handen Road, Lee, SE12 8NP

 

As health visitors we work alongside nursery nurses and support workers to provide a seamless service to our families. Some of our health visitors have undergone further training to become specialist practice teachers. This means they help to educate student health visitors. You will be informed if a student health visitor is joining the visit.

Safeguarding children is an integral part of a health visitor’s role and we work closely with our colleagues from children’s social care, GP practices and voluntary services in order to support families.

If English is not your first language, or if your hearing or vision is compromised, your health visitor has access to a pre-arranged interpreting service.

 

Baby hubs

Four of our child health clinics are now run as baby hubs (Bellingham, Ladywell, Waldron and Downham). A baby hub is run in partnership with our local children’s centre colleagues. At the baby hub you can expect to have your baby weighed, receive advice from your health visitor and interact in a stay and play session. The baby hubs run a 10 week rolling programme covering topics  such as bonding and attunement, minor ailments, allergies and baby massage. No need to book - just turn up.

 

Being a parent can be hard!

Being a parent or carer is one of the most rewarding things you may ever do, but also the most challenging. Your health visiting team may be best placed to support you during these times. If you are low, anxious, sleep deprived, struggling with the ‘terrible twos’ or need advice and support for any other reason, please contact your local health visitor for support.

 

Getting to know Lewisham

Lewisham is a fantastic place to bring up your family. Not only do we offer wonderful breastfeeding hubs where you can meet new friends and have support from your local health visitor, there are also many free activities on your door step including:

Children's centres

Library services

Leisure centres

Local activities