Virtual visiting provides essential family support | from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Health visitors are supporting the Inverclyde community in new ways, to overcome the current restrictions on home visits.
They are using telephone consultations, video calls and social media to reach families.
Health visitors provide information on all aspects of public health including child development, brain development, perinatal mental health, weaning, nutrition, safety, safe sleep, immunisations, parental wellbeing, behaviour management strategies and play and stimulation.
Laura Gordon, health visitor, says:
"Family life has changed massively since the pandemic began, and many families are under even more pressure than normal. Having a new baby is a huge transition and at this time, most parents don't have the support they would normally rely on. They can feel isolated and overwhelmed. Having somebody to turn to during this time is extremely important and contributes to the ongoing safety and wellbeing of their children.
"Inverclyde is among the most deprived areas in Scotland and some families experience challenging circumstances and may have specific and urgent health needs without necessarily knowing what's available and how to access the appropriate support. We can help them with that and facilitate access; this support can often provide lifelines when families are most in need."