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, weening, 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.

Patient information

Contact our service in Barking and Dagenham

West locality

Thames View Health Centre
Bastable Avenue
IG11 0LG

Orchards Health Centre
Gascoigne Road
IG11 7RS

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

East locality

Julia Engwell Health Centre
Woodward Road
Tel: 0300 300 1875
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

North locality

Five Elms Health Centre
Five Elms Road
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.