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Antenatal contact

When you are around 28 weeks pregnant, you may be offered the opportunity to meet with a health visitor from your local team.

antenatalThis is a chance to discuss your pregnancy, your baby’s wellbeing and preparing you and your partner for parenthood.

We will  talk about the role of the health visiting team and services we offer and  information on local community services you and your family can access.

It is an opportunity to discuss what is going well, as well as any difficulties you and your family may be experiencing to help us understand the support you may need for the future, how you feel about becoming a parent and the support around you including what to expect after your baby is born.

Some of the topics we may discuss with you include:

Sleep and Safer sleep

> Information on bedding for your baby

Infant feeding

Healthy eating

Immunisations 

Alcohol in pregnancy - the Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend that if you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is NOT to drink alcohol at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.

The effects of smoking on your child's health and support to quit smoking

Medicines in pregnancy - most medicines taken during pregnancy cross the placenta and reach the baby. Before taking any medicine when you're pregnant, including painkillers, check with your pharmacist, midwife or GP that it's suitable.

 

View the below video for further information on our Surrey perinatal mental health service.

It recommended that everyone over 1 year of age should take a 10 micrograms of vitamin D supplement daily including pregnant mothers. And as a precaution, breastfed babies from birth up to 1 year of age should also be given a supplement of 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D every day.

Babies who are formula fed do not require vitamin D supplement if they having 500ml per day of infant formula or more.

Vitamin D supplementation is important because we and our children are unable to get enough vitamin D from sunlight in this country, or from diet alone.

Speak to your health visitor or nursery nurse for more information about why vitamin D is important.

Healthy Start vitamins are available to buy or exchange for healthy start vouchers at every Family Centre in Surrey. You can exchange your healthy start vouchers for vitamins at some of our clinics. Ask your health visitor for more information. 

If you have any queries concerning your child’s progress, please contact us on our advice line or come along to one of our child health drop-ins where we would be happy to discuss any aspect of health and well-being for you and your family.

For further information

  • To follow up a referral

For example, for developmental paediatrics or therapy services such as speech and language therapy. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2) and they will be able to advise.

  • For advice or questions about your child's health

​Contact your local Health Visiting team or call the Advice Line

  • 2 year development checks

​Contact your local Health Visiting team or call the Advice Line 

  • Referrals for ASD, ADHD or another neurological/developmental condition

Your GP will need to make a referral. Visit the Developmental Paediatrician service page for more information about these services in Surrey.

  • Access to mental health services

Your GP needs to refer your child via MINDSIGHT Surrey CAMHS

  • Hearing concerns

Contact the Audiology service 

  • Concerns or complaints about a Children and Family  Health Surrey service

Go to https://childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk/feedback to read about our approach and who to contact. You can also email the Patient Experience Team directly using csh.patientexperience@nhs.net 

If your query is not covered by the routes above, please use the form below to contact us.  Your query will be passed to the relevant team who will aim to respond within 7 working days.