A healthier start for Harrow’s children

The children and young people of Harrow will get a healthier start in life thanks to a new combined health visiting and school nursing service for 0- to 19-year-olds.

Tens of thousands of youngsters and their parents will have greater access to health visitors which will improve the health and wellbeing of children under 5.

The service will deliver more nursing sessions in all schools and ensure our reception-age children are ready for school, have eye checks and more support to maintain healthier teeth and weight. The programme also means that breastfeeding peer support groups will continue.

The service will be run by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) from 1 July for Harrow Council and NHS Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at no extra cost. The enhanced services will be phased in over the coming year.

Carole Furlong, Director of Public Health, said: “New parents will continue to see the same health visitor with this new and improved service.

“We’re looking forward to working with CNWL to improve the health and wellbeing of the current and future generations in Harrow.”

Maria O’Brien, CNWL’s Director of Community Services, said: “I’m so pleased Harrow Council has chosen us for this service.

“We have a great deal of experience in London with health visiting and school nursing, and already provide the looked-after children’s services and CAMHs services in Harrow so there’s an opportunity for more joined-up working.

Dr Amol Kelshiker, Chairman of Harrow CCG, said: “Improving children’s health and wellbeing is a key priority for NHS Harrow CCG.

“With more access to health visitors and school nursing sessions, children in our borough will have the necessary support so that health problems can be detected early and they can get the right health advice when needed.”