Our Health Visiting teams work with families to get the best health and development outcomes for the children of Manchester. Our role is to offer information and support to families through the early years, from pregnancy to primary school entry.
Who we help
Every family with a child under the age of four and a half has access to a health visitor and their team. The service is delivered through home visits, contact in the community and telephone calls as necessary. This is a non-emergency service providing health education, advice and guidance.
Health visitors work with other services such as GPs, midwives, school nurses and social workers. Health visiting teams usually consist of health visitors, community staff nurses, community nursery nurses, early years outreach workers and team assistants.
How we help
The aim is to promote the health and well-being of you and your family. The actual service provided will vary according to a personalised assessment of each child and family’s own needs and evidence of what will work for them.
We offer 5 key contacts to all families:
- antenatal health promoting review
- new baby review 10-14 days after birth
- 6 to 8 week review
- 9 month health and development review
- 2 year health and development review
When your child is 9 months and two years old, your local health visiting team will invite them for a health and development review. This is an opportunity to talk about your child’s progress, learn more about what you can do to help their development, and make sure that you have any support that you may need.
We also offer advice and support through our ParentLine service. ParentLine is a confidential text messaging service for Manchester parents and carers of children aged 0-5. The service is run by a dedicated team of health visitors who can provide advice and support on a range of topics including parenting, sleep, continence, immunisations, mental health, minor illness, behaviour, infant feeding, child development, healthy lifestyles and general health concerns. Visit ParentLine page here.
How to Refer and Access:
- By EMIS internal referral – for Manchester Local Care Organisation staff only
- By email to Infantfeedingteam@mft.nhs.uk
- By post to Team Clinic address as listed for your local HV team below
- ParentLine text service
- Referral Form here.
Families can also contact their local Health Visiting Team by telephone should they require support.
Service Operating Hours:
The Health Visiting Service is available between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. If your child needs a medical examination or you are worried about your child’s health you should contact your GP, visit an NHS Walk-In Centre, or dial 111. In an emergency dial 999.
How to contact:
|Central East||Abbey Hey Clinic
|0161 223 4193||0161 230 0356|
|Levenshulme Health Centre
|0161 861 2300||0161 861 2302|
|Longsight Health Centre
|0161 225 9274||0161 248 1261|
|Central West||Rusholme Health Centre
|0161 861 2200||0161 470 6798|
|Chorlton Health Centre
|0161 861 8888||0161 860 2916|
|North East||The Cornerstone Centre
|0161 230 2200||0161 230 2240|
|Newton Heath Health Centre
|0161 684 9696||0161 683 2536|
|New Moston Team||0161 684 9696||0161 684 9264
|North West||Harpurhey Health Centre
|0161 861 2400||0161 861 2409|
|Cheetham Primary Care Centre
|0161 202 8750||0161 549 6690|
|Charlestown Road Health Centre
|0161 741 2000||0161 741 2019|
|Crumpsall Health Visiting team||0161 861 2400||0161 470 6711|
|Plant Hill Health Clinic
|0161 861 2400||0161 470 6684|
|South||Burnage Health Centre
|0161 443 0600||0161 443 0610|
|Chorlton Park Team
|0161 945 3624||0161 215 2037|
|Old Moat Children’s Centre
|0161 234 4711||0161 448 8677|
|Wythenshawe||Northenden Health Centre
|0161 945 3624||0161 215 2030|
|0161 946 0802||0161 946 9275|
|0161 490 7142||0161 435 3697|
|Wythenshawe offices, Stancliffe Road
|0161 946 0065||0161 946 9436|
|Homeless Families Health Visiting Team
|0161 861 8888||0161 860 2935|
Please direct feeding queries to our team account to avoid possible delays: Infantfeedingteam@mft.nhs.uk
Infant Feeding Team, Health Visiting North
Children’s Community Health Services
Plant Hill Clinic
Plant Hill Road
Tel: 0161 720 5982
Social Media Links:
The Personal Child Health Record (or ‘red book’) is a record of your child’s health and development, it is yours to keep. The health visitor will go through this with you on the first visit. Please remember to take the book with you to your child’s health appointments.
- BBC Tiny Happy People Activity and play ideas to support early communication skills.
- Institute of Health Visiting – top tips for parents A range of useful factsheets around parenting and child health and development.
- ERIC UK Resources on toilet training.
- Change4Life Healthy lifestyles information for children and families.
- Lullaby Trust Safer sleep advice.
- Best Beginnings Baby Buddy App Interactive pregnancy and parenting guide.
- Red Cross First aid for babies and children.
- Hungry Little Minds
- I CAN
- The Communication Trust
- Learning to Talk Parent-Facing Interactive Tool
(PDF format available to download from E-Learning for Health)
- Start4Life Learning to Talk