Health

We have several health professionals working together with Children's Centre staff. The following services and information may be of interest to you:

Health Trainers

Are you ready to make a life change? 
The Children's Centre have a local Health Trainer to help and support you in the following:
Stop smoking
Eat more healthily
Access physical activities
controlling your alcohol intake
measure your height and weight
take your blood pressure and carbon monoxide readings
signpost you to other services

Some of the groups the Health Trainers are involved in are:

Cook and Eat
Cookery sessions based around healthy eating, how to cook nutritious food on a budget using quick and easy recipes for you to follow at home.
 
One-to-one appointments
If you have any issues with your weight, want to stop smoking or know what exercise you should be taking, then you can make a one to one appointment with the Health Trainer. They can give advice on healthy eating, support you to stop smoking, check your blood pressure for you and help you monitor you weight and much more.
 
Health Trainers are active throughout South East Northumberland and can be seen at various venues in Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth and Seaton Valley, Choppington, Cramlington, Lynemouth, Newbiggin, Pegswood, Widdrington and Hadston.
 
To book an appointment with a Health Trainer you can contact 01670 784196 or you can contact your local Children's Centre.


Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses

The Health Visitors are part of the NHS community health services and FACT (Families and Children's Trust). They work with midwives, GP Practices, Children Centres and local community and voluntary services.

The Health Visitor is a qualified nurse with specialist qualifications in community health, which includes child health, health promotion and education. The Health Visiting team can include Health Visitors, Nursery Nurses and sometimes Staff Nurses. They aim to help children and their families lead as healthy a life as possible both physically and mentally.
 
 
The Health Visiting team offers support and information directly to parents and carers about theirchildren for example:
• Family health and wellbeing including support for mothers with postnatal depression
• Infant feeding with special knowledge of breast feeding
• Parenting
• A child's growth and development - including advice for a child who is either underweight or overweight
• Common childhood infections/illnesses and immunisation
• Common skin problems
• Language development and early learning guidance
• Behaviour difficulties - sleeping, eating, potty training, temper tantrums
• Accident prevention
• Acting as key worker for young children with disabilities
• Child health clinics, support groups and parenting groups providing up to date information about bringing up your family as well as   opportunities to meet other parents
Groups which are facilitated by the Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses at the Children's Centre are as follows:
• Baby Weigh In Clinics - well babies only attend for weight, advice and minor illnesses/ailments
• Breastfeeding Support Groups
Why not come along and have a chat with other breastfeeding Mums. Make new friends and be supported by the nursery nurses and breastfeeding peer supporter.

Midwives

​​The midwives run clinics and attend appointments at the Children's Centres.

Early Pregnancy Clinic

At this session a midwife will discuss with you several issues relevant to your pregnancy which will include:
* The options available to you on where to deliver your baby
* Healthy eating and food to be avoided
* Smoking, alcohol and drugs in pregnancy
* Routine screening tests; such as, blood tests, scans etc
* Minor ailments in early pregnancy
* Benefits
* Services provided by Children's Centres and Social Support Groups for pregnant women in the area
 
You will also be given your maternity records at this visit.​​

Pregnancy Booking Appointment

Once you have attended the Pre Booking Clinic you can make a booking in appointment to see the Midwife.  This is an hour long appointment for you to attend with your Partner or family member.

Parentcraft (Ante-natal classes)

Come along to our Parentcraft classes, a 4 week course facilitated by:

​Community Midwives, physiotherapists, Health Visitors, Community Midwife, Breastfeeding Peer Supporters
The ante-natal classes are a great opportunity for parents-to-be and their supporters to get information and ideas, to help you prepare for childbirth and caring for your new baby.

Health Promotion

The health handbook is designed to slip into the Red Book if you so wish, which makes really easy distribution. You may come across them at planned local children's health days to reinforce and support self-care and good lifestyle habits in children, young people and parents/carers. The aim is to inform parents & carers of children 0-5 years about self-management, to raise awareness about local health services and how to access them and ultimately reduce the number of non-emergency attendances at the Accident and Emergency Unit, or the Doctors.
 
This resource contributes towards: 
• parenting to include establishing sleep routines and behaviour boundaries 
• delivering the Healthy Start Programme
• engaging parents (especially dads)
• parental health e.g. where to access health advice 
• Information around Universal services and health checks
• breast feeding and nutrition advice 
• child development advice 
• school readiness
• parenting advice
• safeguarding e.g. recognition of indicators of child abuse and vulnerability (including acting on, referring and working with families).