Blackburn with Darwen 0-19 Universal Services
A brief update on the delivery of our service during the COVID-19 pandemic
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust 0-19 Universal Services will continue to provide care and support to the children and young people within Blackburn with Darwen. To stay in line with the current Government guidelines, our services will be carried out a little differently to normal.
Health Visiting 0-5 years
Our service currently remains open Monday-Friday, 9 - 5 pm. You can contact a Health Visitor for advice on 01254 585000.
- Health Visitor Links: information for parents
Resources for parents from Blackburn with Darwen Child and Family Health Team
Useful Websites and Information
Start 4 Life - Off to the best start – Important information about feeding your baby
The best advice for feeding your baby from birth.
Bump to Breastfeeding DVD
DVD – designed to support parents intending to breastfeed their infant.
Local breastfeeding information
Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group. Every Monday and Thursday 1pm – 2pm. Held by LSCFT Health Visitors- With the new addition of the Sling Library. Please use the link below to join the group.
FAB provide a breastfeeding nighttime support helpline 7 days a week, run by trained peer supporters. 9.30pm – Midnight.
Telephone number- 01254 772929
The national breastfeeding helpline: 0300 100 0212.
How lactation works video: https://abm.me.uk/how-lactation-works/
Local and national support networks and information for all breastfeeding mothers or those who wish to learn more about lactation.
How you can recognise that your baby is feeding well.
Start 4 Life - guide to bottle feeding
Advice and guidance around bottle feeding
Safer Sleeping Guidance
Clear researched based evidence.
Healthy Start vouchers
If you’re pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to help buy basic foods like milk or fruit.
Healthy Start vitamins
Healthy start vitamins within Blackburn with Darwen Borough are provided free of charge. Please speak to your Health Visitor team or local Children Centre to access. All pregnant and breastfeeding women and children aged from birth to six years need vitamin supplements.
Building close and loving relationships with your baby
Information supporting close and loving relationships between parents and babies.
- Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust | Parent Infant Relationships (lscft.nhs.uk)
Getting to know your baby
Early communication between Parent and Baby.
Support for crying babies
Help parents and carers to cope with a crying baby.
Covid-19 – Parenting
Advice about covid-19 parenting.
Registering your Baby’s birth
You may not be able to register a birth at the moment because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You’ll be able to register at a later date.
Local clinics/drop in’s
Due to Covid 19 Pandemic - child health drop-in clinics are currently suspended – please contact your Health Visiting team for further information.
A guide to immunisations up to 13 months of age
Support to help you understand the immunisation schedule for your child and answers to commonly asked questions.
Find NHS dentist for urgent and routine care.
Or contact the local dental helpline - 0300 1234 010.
Advice and support on stopping smoking.
Advice and support on alcohol use.
Your guide to contraception
Speak to GP or contact Contraceptive and Sexual Health services in Blackburn with Darwen on 01254 268700 or visit www.sexualhealthblackburn.co.uk
Support with Mental Wellbeing
For emotional health and wellbeing.
Domestic Violence Support
Support for if you have worries about yourself or a friend
- Wish Centre Telephone Number - 01254 260465
- Refuge Helpline 0808 2000 247
- Samaritans 116 123 - if you are experiencing emotional/psychological abuse and feel low.
- Shelter 0344 515 1831
Up to date advice regarding health worries
Your complete guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help.
Meningitis is most common in babies, young children, teens and young adults. Meningitis can be very serious if not treated quickly.
Most home accidents are preventable through increased awareness, improvements in the home environment.
Prevention of flattening to baby’s head
A guide to preventing a malformed head shape in babies
Introduction of solid foods - healthy first foods/weaning
LSCFT PowerPoint presentation on introducing your baby to solid foods. This PowerPoint has been created by our Health Visitors and is currently undergoing work so that a voice-over can read through the slides in 2 other languages as well as English.
- https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/0-19-services (Under section- Health Visiting 0-5 years).
A guide to introducing solid foods to your baby
Healthy eating and recipes
A guide and support website for parents of children of all ages.
Home-Start’s volunteers work alongside families, to give compassionate and confidential support.
They help people to regain the confidence to be the parents they want to be.
Friends and Family Test
Short survey on how you found your time and experiences with Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. It would be greatly appreciated if you could give us your feedback and complete the 6 questions on the link below.
Baby buddy: Guide to pregnancy and the first six months of baby’s life. Tracker for personal goals and achievements.
Breaststart: Breastfeeding support app.
Born to Move: tips to help baby move and develop.
Headspace: Support for mental Wellbeing.
Calm: Support for mental Wellbeing.
Mindfulness Apps are available which can be useful for relaxation.
The majority of our contacts will be by telephone and/or video call. Following this, we will assess if a home visit is needed in order to reduce non-essential contact.
At this time, we are not able to safely deliver Family Health Clinics, therefore we would encourage you to contact our service on the number above for any support or advice you need.
School Nursing 5-19 years
Although our School Health team is not currently working in schools, they are still available on 01254 585000 if you require any support or advice.
- Health Needs Assessment Questionnaire. Year 6 (Primary School)
- Health Needs Assessment Questionnaire. Year 9 (Secondary School)
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Helpline provides a 24/7 phone service on 0800 915 4640, or by texting 'Hello' to 07860 022846.
Telephone: 01254 585000 (Press Opt 2 for the Health Visiting and School Nursing service, then press the Opt for the team required).