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Advice & Training for Parents
Informal and friendly place for pregnant women, local midwives, doulas and women passionate about positive birth to share thoughts, ideas, exepectations, challenges, fears and get emotional support.
1st meeting on Tuesday, 10th June, at Westfield Children's Centre in Watford.
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Contact with Health Visitors
Health Visitors for Hertsmere families
Elstree Way Clinic - 020 8386 9886
Health visitors for Bushey families who go to Manor View Practice and Attenborough Surgery - 020 8515 8239
For those families attending other Bushey surgeries - 020 8386 9886
Health Visitors for Abbots Langley families
Health Visitors for Park Street families
Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) is a group concerned with salt and its effects on health, supported by 25 expert scientific members. The latest CASH report has found that some chain restaurant meals have a salt content higher than the recommended daily allowance for children. A family pub lunch is a tradition enjoyed around the UK, however new research by CASH has uncovered the shockingly high levels of salt hidden in the children’s meals at some of the country’s leading pub and fast food chains. With some of the surveyed restaurants offering meals which contain MORE than a child’s salt Guidelines Daily Amount (GDA) of 4g for an entire day. CASH believe that parents are unable to make healthy choices due to the lack of nutritional content on restaurant menus.
Full report: CASH - Dangerously high levels of salt in kids meals
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Information for parents
Ideas for active play with your child.
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Information for parents
Tips and ideas for encouraging your baby to move.
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Find out details of the Healthy Start vitamins project in Hertfordshire - this includes a list of all distribution centres (including 35 children's centres).
See also - the NHS 'Healthy Start' vitamin website:
Where to go if you have an urgent health problem
Should I take my child to A&E ?
In Hertsmere we are undertaking a pilot project to try to keep children away from Accident and Emergency Departments if there is a service that can better deal with their health care needs. The reason for doing this project is that:
- It can be difficult to control the sights and sounds that children are exposed to in Accident and Emergency departments, which can result in psychological trauma
- There is a range of service that can offer alternative management of urgent health care needs
- Most children who attend Accident and Emergency departments do not receive any active treatment.
For urgent but non-emergency situations please consider thealternative services and make it clear to the person answering the telephone that you are concerned about your child. For more information please see details below:
Where is my local Child Health Clinic?
Drop In Baby/Child Health Clinics
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Finding an NHS Dentist
To find an NHS dentist in Hertfordshire phone 01707 369645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find a dentist outside normal office hours phone 03000 333 224
Family Planning Clinics
Family planning clinics can give you advice on contraception, including condoms and the pill and can offer free pregnancy tests and the morning after pill. Many clinics
can also give you a contraceptive injection, or can fit you with contraceptive implants or the coil. These will prevent you from getting pregnant but won’t protect
you from STIs.
Family planning clinics are located at:
|Elstree Way Clinic
Elstree Way, (next to library)
Phone: 0208 359 8500
|Tuesday 6.30 – 8.30pm
Saturday 10am – 12noon
St.Albans Road, (Dome roundabout)
Phone: 01923 281399
|Monday & Wednesday 6 – 8pm|
|Potters Bar Clinic
Potters Bar Community Hospital
Phone: 01707 653286 ext. 4059
|Tuesday 7 – 9pm|
|Watford Sexual Health Centre
Watford General Hospital (3rd on left from main entrance)
Phone: 01923 217709
|Thursday 4.30 – 6.30pm
Friday 1.30 – 3.30pm
For more information about other Family Planning clinics go to www.hertsfordshire.nhs.uk