Our patients are seen by the Herts or Cambs midwives according to where they live although this will not influence the choice of hospital for the birth of your baby. Most deliveries are either at the Rosie Hosipital at Addenbrookes or at the Lister.
The midwife is involved from a very early stage in the pregnancy and undertakes a major role in the ante-natal care. She is always available for help and advice during pregnancy.
The district nurses of Ashwell and Baldock now work together as a team, covering the patients of both surgeries, 7 days a week. To contact the District Nurses call 01462 426730; queries 8am to 10 pm (Based at Hitchin Hospital). In the evening 10pm to 8am, for urgent referrals that cannot wait until next day there is the overnight community nursing service; 03000 333 222.
Sister Mary-Anne Gregory leads our team of district nurses.
Health visitors are qualified and experienced nurses or midwives. In addition, they undertake a post registration Specialist Community Practitioner degree. Many health visitors also have higher degrees in specific aspects of health promotion or other areas of particular interest. Health visitors predominantly work with families of pre-school aged children to promote optimum health. They work in a team with School Health Advisors, Staff Nurses and Nursery Nurses. They also work alongside members of the primary health care team and a wide range of other professionals, such as hospital staff, midwives, teachers and social workers. Health visitors have close links with voluntary organisations that support families, such as Home Start.
After the birth of a baby or following registration of a child under the age of five years with the GP practice, parents are contacted by the health visiting team and introduced to the services available. These include breast feeding support groups, well baby clinics, routine developmental assessments and the opportunity to discuss any aspect of a child or parent’s physical, mental or emotional health and wellbeing. The health visitor is a useful source of information regarding local community support services for families with young children.
Health visitors advise on all aspects of infant feeding, immunisations, care for children with disabilities and general parenting and childcare issues.
To contact the health visiting team phone 01462 892274