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Development checks with the health visitor team

Due to the need to review our service in line with Government directives relating to Covid-19, the Health Visiting and School Nursing Service are currently offering the following level of service:

Health Visiting 

  • Antenatal contact to those families identified by the Midwifery Service who would benefit from a contact and extra support from the Health Visiting Team
  • New Birth Home Visit – we will telephone before we visit to check the family are well.  If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus / Covid-19, or you are self isolating, we will perform a telephone review and book follow ups until the end of your isolation period. We will then set a date for a home visit
  • Follow up at home - for those babies who need follow up with their weight due to concerns about the babies growth or have a repeat blood spot completed
  • Routine Health reviews by telephone (6-8 weeks, 1 year and 2 year reviews)
  • We will follow up referrals, however this will be done by telephone

We are working on offering virtual appointments via your laptop, tablet or mobile. 

We are continuing to work with our Midwifery, GP, Early Help, Education, CAMHS and Social Care colleagues.

Please continue to telephone us if you require any Health Visitor or School Nurse support or advice using the telephone numbers below. 


Hayle, Penzance, St Ives

01736 336645


Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Helston

01209 614407


Falmouth, Penryn, Truro

01872 323055


St Austell, China Clay, Newquay

01726 223514


Bodmin, Bude,  Launceston, Wadebridge

01208 265786


Liskeard, Looe, Saltash, Torpoint

01579 311188

To book a review please contact your health visitor or phone the Care Management Centre on 01872 221400. All reviews are free of charge.

Individual children grow and develop at different rates. The Healthy Child programme provides opportunities for a member of the health visiting team to review your child’s progress at pre-determined stages in their first five years. The different opportunities offered to all parents are outlined below:

The Antenatal Visit

The emphasis of the Healthy Child Programme is on supporting both parents in their transition to parenthood, and the importance of forming a strong parent-child attachment in the first years of life.

The antenatal visit provides all parents with an opportunity to meet their health visitor or a member of the team before their baby is born, and offers an opportunity to answer any questions you may have about topics such as:

  • Infant feeding choices
  • Immunisations
  • Sleep 
  • Keeping your baby safe in the first weeks of life 
  • Local groups and activities

In addition, the antenatal visit provides an opportunity for you to receive your child’s personal health record (the ‘red book’), to discuss any concerns you may have about yours or your partners physical and emotional health, and to inform you of the different activities and services available locally, including Children’s Centres and breastfeeding support.

Any additional support required for more complex health needs can be arranged following the antenatal visit ensuring appropriate services are in place in time for the birth.

The New Birth Visit

Between 11 and 14 days all new parents are offered a home visit by a health visitor, or a member of the team.

Fathers have an important role to play in the baby’s development so we actively encourage all dads to attend appointments whenever possible.

The new birth visit provides an opportunity for:

  • your baby to have a hearing screen to help identify any signs of deafness
  • support and advice with infant feeding
  • assessing your baby’s growth and development
  • advice on keeping your baby safe 
  • discussing the immunisation programme
  • reviewing your emotional health
  • sharing any concerns you may have as new parents

The 3 – 4 Month Review

By 3-4 months your baby will be making eye contact and smiling at you. Movements are starting to become controlled, and objects and people are a source of interest and enjoyment.

At this important stage in your baby’s development health visitors offer a review which provides all parents with an opportunity to:

  • discuss infant nutrition and when to introduce weaning
  • have a full assessment of your baby’s continued growth and development
  • review signs of early speech and language development
  • provide advice on keeping your baby safe
  • discuss how to manage minor illnesses and when to call the doctor
  • review your emotional health
  • provide information about groups and activities in your area

The By One Year Review

From 7-9 months babies begin to show signs of increasing curiosity and independence as they twist and roll in an effort reach objects of interest. Some babies can sit confidently, whilst others can crawl or pull to standing. Encouraging progress, but at the same time keeping your baby safe, can be challenging.

A member of your health visiting team will offer an appointment to parents with babies between 7 months and one year. This will provide opportunities to:

  • review developmental progress and improved coordination
  • assess evolving communication skills
  • review social and emotional progress
  • promote healthy nutrition
  • discuss teething and dental hygiene
  • Promote a safe environment for play
  • Provide information about groups and activities in your area

The 2 Year Review

Life with a busy 2 year old can be challenging as they begin to learn about themselves and what they want, or don’t want! All children develop at their own pace so it can be difficult to know when they will learn different skills.

The 2 year old developmental review is offered to all parents with children between the ages of 24 and 30 months and helps to identify progress, and inform you of what to expect as your child gets older. Use of the new Ages and Stages questionnaire provides an opportunity for parents to be actively involved in the review and:

  • monitor growth and physical development 
  • assess social and emotional development 
  • review progress with speech and language development
  • revisit the immunisation programme
  • discuss nutrition and dietary requirements
  • promote toileting and potty training tips
  • discuss safety and accident prevention
  • consider preparation for pre-school and school

This information has been supplied by a member of Cornwall's Health Visiting team.

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