Health visiting

The role of a health visitor is to offer support, guidance and programmes of health promotion to all families from pregnancy and birth to primary school and beyond.

Support and advice that can be provided by health visitors to parents includes:

  • child growth and development
  • immunisations
  • childhood illnesses and ailments
  • behavioural difficulties
  • breast feeding, weaning, infant feeding and any other feeding issues
  • postnatal depression
  • domestic violence
  • medical issues, child or family
  • children with additional needs

The length of time a family receives support from the health visitor will depend on their individual circumstances and health needs.

Information for parents

Advice for parents on the coronavirus

Please see below useful links:


Please click on the links below for information and to download booklets:



Post natal depression leaflet CAPT Safer sleep
Barking and Dagenham 0-19 Universal Children's Services website Postnatal depression and baby blues Child accident prevention

For parents:
Safer sleep guide for parents

For professionals:

Vitamin D Baby feeding Immunisation Perinatal image
Vitamin D

Off to the best start  

A guide to Immunisation
 Immunisation schedule - Jan 2020
Perinatal mental health information
Introducing solid foods Eating well for the first year Pelvic exercises Family planning
Introduction to solids Eating well: the first year Pelvic floor exercises Family planning clinics

Antenatal breastfeeding workshop

Infant feedng cafe 

Information to come  
Antenatal breastfeeding workshop Infant feeding cafe Child health clinics  



Contact our service in Barking and Dagenham

West locality East locality North locality

Thames View Health Centre
Bastable Avenue
IG11 0LG

Orchards Health Centre
Gascoigne Road
IG11 7RS

Julia Engwell Health Centre
Woodward Road




Five Elms Health Centre
Five Elms Road




Tel: 0300 300 1668
Opening times: Monday to Friday
9am - 5pm
Tel: 0300 300 1875
Opening times: Monday to Friday
9am - 5pm
Tel: 0300 300 1727
Opening times: Monday to Friday
9am - 5pm


Referrals accepted from GP practices, accident and emergency departments, walk in centres, social services, children centres and other NHS trusts. Referrers can liaise directly with the named health visitors at their clinic base.