About Waltham Forest Health Visiting
The Waltham Forest Health Visiting Service is made up of four teams divided into the four geographical localities of the borough. The teams are aligned to local Family Hubs and GP's. The health visiting service in Waltham Forest is provided by Tower Hamlets GP Care Group.
- Health Visiting North – Office Chingford Health Centre Aligned with Chingford Family Centre Hub
- Health Visiting Central – Office Big Penny Social. Aligned with Walthamstow Family Centre Hub
- Health Visiting Southeast – Office Cyberlink Aligned with Leyton Family Centre Hub
- Health Visiting Southeast – Office Langthorne Health Centre aligned with Leytonstone Family Centre Hub
For details of all centres and timetables please click here.
How to contact us
You can contact our service via the 0-19 Single Point of Access from Monday – Friday (except Bank Holidays) between 9am and 5pm
Telephone: 0300 033 6200
You can request to speak to our Duty Health Visitor if you require any advice or support for you or your child’s health, development, and wellbeing.
Please note if you or your child are acutely unwell, please contact your GP, NHS 111 or the Emergency Services as necessary.
When will you see us?
- Antenatal Visit: This contact will be offered to families that may need additional support.
- New Birth Visit: This visit will be offered between 10 and 14 days at your home address. The health visitor will check with you and your baby, they will cover topics such as feeding, sleeping, safety, coping with becoming a parent or welcoming the addition to your family. They will also check with you about your physical and mental wellbeing.
- 6–8-week check: This check is with the health visitor and different to the 6 week check you have with your GP. The health visitor will discuss your wellbeing, how baby is feeding and other topics such as immunisation.
- 8–12-month check: This is baby's next developmental check and will either be at home or one of our aligned Family Hubs. It will be facilitated by members of the team and will look at baby's development, how to encourage development as well as offering health promotion for you and your baby. We use questionnaires called the Ages and Stages (ASQ) as part of this review and will share this with you before your appointment.
- 2-2.5-year check: Your little one is now a toddler developing and discovering the world. This developmental check helps you to ensure that your toddler is starting to become school ready. The member of the health team will discuss development, home safety, and health promotion for you and your little one.We use questionnaires called the Ages and Stages (ASQ) and Ages and Stages Social and Emotional (ASQ SE) as part of this review and will share these with you before the appointment.
We offer Child Health Clinics in Family Hubs and Health Centres, from 1st May 2023 there will be no need to pre-book an appointment to attend Health Visiting Clinics. Parents and carers are encouragedto bring their babies red book or have access to the eRedbook app when attending.
Healthy Child Clinics are held in Family Hubs, and enable an opportunity for your baby or child to be weighed, or to speak to a member of the Health Visiting Team with any questions about your child’s health, growth or development.
Weight only clinics are held in local Health Centres and are a drop in session to weigh your baby or child.
To find out more about the service, or to speak to a Duty Health Visitor please call 0300 033 6200.