Child Health

Our Health Visitor, Rachel Potter, provides support to parents and carers for children from birth to starting school.

Chloe is notified as soon as pregnancy is confirmed and visits the expectant mother at around 32 weeks gestation, providing advice and support. 

After your baby is born Rachel will visit you at home several times in the first few weeks. You can then attend clinic or request visits for ongoing support.

An 8-week postnatal mother and baby check will be arranged with your GP and initial immunisations can be given (see below).

The Health Visitors' role is to offer support, advice and a listening ear to you and your family. Areas they can help with include:

  1. breastfeeding
    • sleep
    • weaning/feeding
    • post-natal depression and parental well-being
    • parenting
    • behaviour management and
    • with you, assessing your child’s development.

    Development assessments are offered at 6- 8 weeks, 4 months, 7-9 months and 2 years 3 months.

    Chloe may be contacted by phone on 01305 848333. Baby Clinics are held on the first and third Thursday of each month between 9.30 and 11.00 am. There are 15 minute appointments available to book. Should the parent/carer consider they need longer time than this, they may call and arrange either a home visit or another time at the surgery.

    Please see the schedule for child immunisations.

    If you have any questions or concerns about your child having immunisations, please contact the Health Visitor or Practice Nurses.

    Puddletown Baby Group meets on Thursdays at 1.30pm for one hour and include relevant talks, music and activities to support early parenting. The Group is run by Chloe, our Health Visitor.

    Useful websites

    Healthier Together 

    Child Development Information 

    NHS Birth to Five 

    Meningitis B Vaccine

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