Child Health

If you are a child or young person in a mental health crisis

The NHS and our local hospitals are really busy at the moment, so if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, the quickest way to get help at any time of the day or night is to call our freephone number: 0800 6444 101, or call NHS 111 and select option 2 for mental health services.

In the case of serious illness or injury, dial 999 for emergency services

If you are already using our service

If you are already receiving support from the Mental Health Services and need help please contact:

Live webchat service

If you’d prefer to speak online, visit the Hertfordshire Partnership University. This service is available Monday-Friday, 07:00-19:00.

Alternative Contacts

Samaritans: Tel: 116 123, 24 hours a day, every day

Childline: Tel: 0800 1111 via 1-2-1 chat between 07:30 and 15:30 every day.

HOPELINEUK (papyrus):Tel: 0800 0684141 Text: 07786209697 Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org, 110:00-22:00 weekdays, 14:00-22:00 weekends and bank holidays.

Most referrals to our services are made by GPsIf you are experiencing mental health problems and need help please speak to your GP (family doctor). They will discuss the issues you are facing and refer you to our services, if appropriate. To register with a GP in your area go to www.nhs.uk.

MOGO Listings

Local activities and events for young people.

Website: www.mogolistings.org

Childhood illness visual guide

Use this visual guide to help you identify common conditions and illnesses that may affect your child. Includes conditions such as measles, slapped cheek syndrome, chicken pox and warts.

Website: NHS: Visual Guide for Childhood illnesses

Hoddesdon Health Visiting Team

The Health Visitors and Community Nursery Nursing Team are based at Hoddesdon Health Centre and work with families with children under 5 years old. They can help support you with health and social issues which may arise during family life.

Telephone: 01992 474682

Weekly clinics they run (listed below)

  • Monday afternoon, Breast feeding clinic
  • Tuesday morning, Well Baby Clinic
  • Wednesday afternoon, Well baby Clinic

The Health Visitor always visits you after you have had a baby, and will invite you to bring your child to developmental assessments.

Some of the areas that the Health Visiting Team can offer support in are; new baby support, multiple birth support, postnatal depression, childhood obesity, child behavioural issues, eating problems, breast feeding.

Children's Social Care

Hertfordshire Coucil’s Children’s social care can assist with; reporting concerns about a child, adoption, fostering, young people in care and leaving care, special needs and children safeguarding.

Website: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk

Vaccination planner

Download a personalised vaccination calendar, which highlights the dates your child needs to have their vaccinations by.

Download from: NHS: Vaccination Schedule