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Manchester Health Visiting Service offers comprehensive advice and support to parents and carers of children from pre-birth to four and a half years.

What is a health visitor?

Health visitors are registered nurses or midwives with specialist additional qualifications in child, family and public health.

Their role is to offer information and support to families through the early years, from pregnancy and birth to primary school.

The health visiting service

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.

The aim is to promote the health and well being of you and your family.

Healthy Child drop-in sessions for well babies and children are provided in various venues including Children’s Centres, Health Centres and community buildings.

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.

All members of the team carry identification badges with photographs.

Our services include:

Home visits to all newborn babies and families new to the area.
Extra support.
Healthy Child drop-in sessions.
Health and development reviews at two months, nine months and two years.

We offer a range of advice and information on:

Children’s health:      Family health:         Emotional support:

Feeding Parenting skills Postnatal depression
Sleeping Healthy eating Mental health
Play and development Sexual health Bereavement
Immunisations Contraception Domestic abuse
Minor ailments Minor illnesses Drugs and alcohol Accident prevention Disability

Meeting you

Before your baby is born you will receive support from the Midwifery Service, and from the Health Visiting Service between 28 and 36 weeks.

After the birth you will be contacted again by a health visitor who will make an appointment to visit you at home when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old.

During this visit you will be able to discuss the health and well being of your family and your child’s developmental progress. The health visitor can provide advice, support and local information about drop-in sessions and services for children and families.

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.

The Health Visiting Service is available between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday. This is a non-emergency service. If you are worried about your child’s health you should contact your GP, www.choosewellmanchester.org.uk, visit an NHS Walk-In Centre, or dial 111. In an emergency dial 999.

We offer Healthy Child drop-in sessions at various locations across Manchester. If you would like further information about child health drop-in sessions please contact your local team below.
Further information about children’s health can be found at: www.mft.nhs.uk/community/

The Health Visiting service is divided into six districts across Manchester:

  Switchboard HV Team
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 1223
Central West Rusholme Health Centre (0161) 861 2200 (0161) 861 2230
  Chorlton Health Centre Robert Darbishire Practice (Rusholme Health Centre)

(0161) 861 8888


(0161) 861 2200

(0161) 860 2916


(0161) 861 2235

North East 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) 202 8751
  Charlestown Health Centre (0161) 741 2000 (0161) 741 2019
  Plant Hill Clinic (0161) 740 8004 (0161) 720 5975
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
  Baguley Clinic (0161) 946 0802 (0161) 946 9275

Forum Health

Wythenshawe Offices, Stancliffe Road

(0161) 490 7142


(0161) 946 0065

(0161) 435 3697


(0161) 946 9436

  Homeless Families Health Visiting Team


(0161) 861 8888


(0161) 860 2935