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Community Midwives

The Role of the Community Midwife.

There are three midwives based at St. Clements practice.

Miriam Edmond RM DPSM
Kathy George
Julie Boyt

The midwives undertake antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care (up to 28 days following delivery).
The midwife will refer patients, when appropriate, to other health care professionals and arrange blood tests and ultrasound scans. They carry out home deliveries and work closely with a group of about ten midwives, working in the Community in this area. As soon as you have had your pregnancy confirmed you should contact the midwives, on the practice telephone number, to make an early appointment.

  • Organise and carry out the care of all pregnant women.
  • Refer to Obstetric Consultant when necessary.
  • Attend home births.
  • Carry out postnatal care of mother and baby.
  • Organise and carry out parentcraft sessions.
  • Liaise with G.P., Health Visitors, Social Workers, Obstetricians and maternity staff.
  • Sometimes called in to work on Maternity Unit.
  • Work as a team of Community Midwives and take part in “on call” rota

Community Nurses

The District Nursing service aims to promote and maintain optimum independence, give prophylactic care, and provide education, support and skilled nursing care to those patients who are housebound.

You may be referred to the Community Nursing team by yourself, your carer or relatives; by your GP or hospital
 or by other organisations with your permission. The service is available 365 days a year between the hours of 9.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. The Out of Hours service provides a service after 5.00p.m. and at weekends and can be contacted on 0844 811 3060.

The community nurses are:

Lou Foxwell
Theresa White
Joanne Steward
Maggie McCarthy
Sharon Coxhead
Angela Collins

The District (Community) Nurses can be contacted on 01962 858641 . 

Health Visitors

Health visitors are qualified nurses with a Public Health qualification who specialise in child and family health and wellbeing by delivering The Healthy Child Programme.

Health Visitors can be contacted by telephone during office hours on 01962 831088, and are available at Child Health Clinics.

More information about the Health Visitor service found on the website

http://www.southernhealth.nhs.uk/services/childrens-services/health-visitors/

and details about the child health clinics can be found on the link http://www.southernhealth.nhs.uk/services/childrens-services/health-visitors/child-health-clinics/

Health Visitors work in partnership with you in the community to promote healthy lifestyle choices and health and well-being to all children from late pregnancy until school entry.

Health visitors offer every family five key contacts to offer support with transition to parenthood and maternal mental health, breastfeeding, healthy eating, managing minor ailments, child development, and school readiness.

Further specific expert support and advice can also be offered with a range of subjects such as parenting, sleep, behaviour, healthy eating, toileting, introducing solid foods.

The first appointment with your Health visitor will be around your 28th week of pregnancy and then between 10 and 14 days after your baby is born. A plan for further support will be agreed at these visits in line with The Healthy Child Programme depending on you and your family’s needs.

Health Visitors work in partnership with Children’s Centres who offer activities and courses for the under 5s. Details can be found on their website https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/in-your-area/search-results/

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