At the Barnsley 0-19 Public Health Nursing service the health and well-being of our children, young people, families, communities and staff is an absolute priority. We are monitoring and adapting to the situation as it unfolds.
We are closely following Government advice and have introduced home working for our staff wherever possible and taking measures to social distance whilst providing other ways to keep contact and support our service users. It is expected to cause some disruption to service but ultimately, we aim to provide help, guidance and support wherever possible especially if you are having difficulty
The Covid-19 situation means that we are all finding new ways to work, and we consider that our services are needed more than ever as families face challenges and uncertain weeks ahead. Therefore, we will continue to undertake key stage assessments by telephone and some essential contacts will continue to be made as a face to face or home visit but we will contact you by telephone in the first instance.
During the COVID-19 period, we are continuing to provide a service but we have had to make a few temporary changes to how we do this. We will continue to provide assessments at key times but this will be by telephone or video call (where possible) and face to face ifrequired:- Antenatal contact Birth contact (after 10 days) 6 - 8 week review 8 -12 month review 2 - 2 1/2 years review
Further support for Children, Young People, Parents and Carers continues to be available for example:- breastfeeding, weaning, bed wetting, child development, emotional difficulties. We are very much available to support Children, Young People and Families who may have specific needs during this time and may require support either virtually or in person. For all questions and enquiries you can contact us in the following ways:-
Telephone:- To access our service by telephone you can call our Single Point of Access number on 01226 774411 Monday to Thursday 8.45 am to 4.45 pm and Fridays 8.45 am to 4.15 pm (except for Bank Holidays). One of our staff from our telephone answering service will take your details for a member of the Public Health Nursing Team (health visiting or school nursing) to contact you to discuss. Facebook Instant Messenger (IM):- 0-19's Public Health Nursing Service, Barnsley Infant Feeding Service This facility is responded to Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm, (except for bank holidays).
Video Calls:- The 0-19's Public Health Nursing Service is now making better use of technology in light of the current coronavirus pandemic and we have introduced video consultation to enable virtual face to face contacts, where you have the technology to use video calling we can arrange this where appropriate.
- antenatal and postnatal support and assisting new parents transition to parenthood
- assessment and support of maternal mental health
- growth and development assessments at key stages of a child’s early development
- advice about common childhood illness and how to manage these
- managing behaviour difficulties including sleeping, eating, potty training and temper tantrums
- advise and support with infant feeding choices, breastfeeding, weaning, healthy nutrition and eating, healthy activity and oral health
- providing advice on safety and accident prevention
- provision of baby clinics and parenting support groups
- promoting the national screening and immunisation programmes
- working in partnership with families to develop health plans to their needs
- getting ready for school
- referrals to specialist services including associate specilaist in community paediatrics
- support and interventions to protect vulnerable children and adults, for example child protection and/or domestic violence
The Public Health Nursing Service also visits schools regularly, offering health information, advice and support to pupils, parents and staff, as well as offering health promotion activities in the classroom. They can also see children for individual health assessments if necessary. If you're worried about your child's development, you or your child's teacher can ask for them to be assessed.
- assessment of health needs
- supporting children and young people in schools with complex and additional health and wellbeing needs
- training of school staff to manage allergies and medical conditions
- health promotion/education activities
- involvement in schools' programme of personal, social and health education (PSHE)
- drop-in health advice sessions for children and young people
- sexual health and contraception advice and helping young people to access local services
- assessment and support for bed wetting
- parenting support, keeping safe and maximising school attendance
- promotion of vaccination and immunisation
- referral to specialist services including associate specialist is community paediatrics
- weighing and measuring children as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)
- support with healthy nutrition and eating, healthy activity and lifestyles
- support children and young people’s emotional well being
- safeguarding children and young people
Come along to our support group every Thursday morning 9:30 - 11:00 at Lundwood Family Centre.
No appointment necessary, just call in and see how we can help you.
Barnsley Public Health Nursing Service works closely with other organisations such as the NHS, GP’s, Midwifery Services, Child Health Services, Schools and other council services such as Family Centres to provide care for children and young people. There may be times when they need to share your information so they can all work together for your benefit and to make sure you receive the help you need. With your permission they may share information with these services. Healthcare professionals have a duty to safeguard children, so if a child’s immediate safety or welfare is at risk, information may be shared legally without consent.
For further details on how your information is used by the service, how it is maintained, the security of this and your rights to access information held about you, please refer to the www.barnsley.gov.uk/privacy
Call the Single Point of Access (SPA) number on 01226 774411, lines open Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 4.45pm and Friday 8.45am to 4.15pm
In writing to 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG email at 0-19HealthTeam@barnsley.gov.uk
You can also contact the service via facebook messenger: https://www.facebook.com/BarnsleyPHNS/