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Gurpreet Khela (f)
Mahira Hanid-Awan (f)
Amandeep Parhar (m)

Community Midwives

Contact Wexham Park Hospital Maternity Department - 01753 633300

Emergency Care / Advice outside of surgery hours Call NHS 111 or the above number.


What is a midwife? 

A midwife is a trained health professional who helps healthy women during labour, delivery, and after the birth of their babies. Midwives may deliver babies at birthing centres or at home, but most can also deliver babies at a hospital.

Women who choose midwives usually want very little medical intervention and have had no complications during their pregnancy. As giving birth to twins is more complicated than giving birth to a single baby, many doctors don't recommend using a midwife unless under the direct supervision of a doctor.

Your midwife can provide care before, during, or after your pregnancy. Your midwife will:

  • Provide family planning and preconception care
  • Do prenatal exams and order tests
  • Watch your physical and psychological health
  • Help you make your birth plans
  • Advise you about diet, exercise, meds, and staying healthy
  • Educate and counsel you about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care
  • Give you emotional and practical support during labour
  • Admit and discharge you from the hospital
  • Deliver your babies
  • Make referrals to doctors when needed

Community Nurses

They can be contacted on 0300 365 1234, 8:30am - 4:30pm Weekdays.

Emergency Number to call 0300 3651234 outside of the above hours.

District nurses play a crucial role in the primary health care team. They visit people in their own homes or in residential care homes, providing increasingly complex care for patients and supporting family members.

As well as providing direct patient care, district nurses also have a teaching and support role, working with patients to enable them to care for themselves or with family members teaching them how to give care to their relatives. They are also accountable for their own patient caseloads.

District nurses play a vital role in keeping hospital admissions and readmissions to a minimum and ensuring that patients can return to their own homes as soon as possible.

District nurses will assess the healthcare needs of patients and families, monitor the quality of care they're receiving and be professionally accountable for delivery of care. District nurses patients can be of any age, but often many of them will be elderly, while others may have been recently discharged from hospital, be terminally ill or have physical disabilities.

District nurses may be visiting patients every day or more than once a day, offering help, advice and support. District nurses may work on your own or with other groups, such as the social services, voluntary agencies and other NHS organisations and help to provide and co-ordinate a wide range of care services.

District Nurses are qualified registered nurses (RGNs).

Health Visitors

Health Visitors can be contacted on: 01753 635544

What do health visitors do?

The role of the health visitor is incredibly varied and the work with a range of different people and in a range of settings.

Having a child comes easily to some parents, whereas for others, the adjustments can be difficult. Health visitors work with all parents to assess the support they need and develop appropriate programmes to help give the child the best possible start in life.

Health visitors support and educate families from pregnancy through to a child's fifth birthday. Common tasks include:

  • offering parenting support and advice on family health and minor illnesses
  • new birth visits which include advice on feeding, weaning and dental health
  • physical and developmental checks
  • providing families with specific support on subjects such as post-natal depression.

Health visitors also work closely with other professionals such as nursery nurses and Sure Start children's centre workers and retain the overview of the health and well-being of children and families in the area. They also provide leadership to the child services team and provide ongoing additional services for vulnerable children and families.

Being skilled at identifying vulnerable families means that Health Visitors can enable parents to express their needs and decide on the support they receive. The type of support can include:

  • referring families to specialists, such as speech and language therapists
  • arranging access to support groups, such as those provided by Sure Start children's centres
  • organising practical support - for example working with a nursery nurse on the importance of play.

Health visitors are trained in recognising the risk factors, triggers of concern, and signs of abuse and neglect in children. They also know what needs to be done to protect them.

Often, they are the first to recognise whether the risk of harm to a child has increased to a point where action needs to be taken to protect them. They'll also maintain contact with families while formal safeguarding arrangements are in place; ensuring families receive the best possible support during this time.

Health visitors are also involved in delivering a wide range of health services in the children's centre, including:

  • establishing effective partnerships between the children's centre, local GPs, the primary healthcare team and maternity services
  • coordinating health campaigns
  • offering education and training for children's centre staff.

Health visitors see parents and families in a variety of settings, including:

  • their homes
  • clinics
  • GP surgeries
  • Sure Start children's centres.

They also spend a lot of time working with other agencies and healthcare professionals who share a common commitment to children's development. These include:

  • GPs
  • allied health professionals
  • voluntary agencies.
 
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