General health services
It's important that you register with your nearest general practitioner (GP). They can help with a wide range of health issues, including general health advice, contraception, maternity services, and vaccinations.
If the GP cannot help, they might refer you to a hospital for tests or treatment, or to specialist services if you need them.
Find your nearest GP practice.
You should contact your midwife or your GP as soon as you know you are pregnant.
Women can give birth in their home, or any maternity unit or birthing centre they choose. You can self-refer for maternity care or see your GP to make a referral. To self-refer, visit your chosen hospital in person, or look on their website.
It's important that you see a midwife by 10 weeks of your pregnancy so you know all the essential information and are able to have the proper tests and scans.
The health visiting service is automatically told if you have a baby. They will usually visit you 10 to 14 days after you give birth.
If your baby is diagnosed with a medical condition that needs extra support, all appropriate services will usually be told at the time of diagnosis. Your health visitor will be able to support you if you have concerns later on about your child's development.
For information on your health visitor, visit your local children's centre.
School nursing service
Every school has a named school nurse who:
- gives specialist advice to children and their families
- provides immunisations in school
- assists with infectious outbreaks closely linking with Health Protection Agency colleagues
- supports national and local strategies for improving health
Vaccinations and immunisations
Childhood vaccinations are offered free on the NHS to all children. The first injections are due when your baby is 2 months old.
You should make sure your child has their routine vaccinations at the right age. This will protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection.
For more information, see the NHS vaccination timetable.
Healthy Start scheme
If you’re pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be eligible for free vitamins and money to spend on fruit, vegetables, pulses and milk.
For more information, see Healthy Start.
Therapy and specialist services
Therapy and specialist health services are also available. Use the links below to find out more information about what might be available to you:
Specialist nursing bereavement and play service
The specialist nursing bereavement and play service provides specialist nursing assessment for children and young people with continuing care needs.
The team can provide hospital to home transfers, and make recommendations for packages of care at home, at school, and in the community providing ongoing case management to the CYP.
They can provide specialist play sessions and play support through play plans for providers and parents.
They also provide pre and post-bereavement support through face-to-face sessions and bereavement groups.
Siblings are supported with events run every half term, as well as family events and an annual memory day. This is funded and supported by the charity Little Sparks, which we have set up and runs alongside our service.
- Specialist short-break play sessions at home
- Bereavement support
- End of life care
- Play therapy
- Family events
- Assessment, support and advice about health-funded care
Specialist Nursing Bereavement and Play Service
St Michael's Primary Care Centre
Tel: 020 8702 5620
Audience: Children, young people and families
Location: Enfield (see on a map)
Service category: Enfield Community Services