Council to take on two key health services

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Two vital health services are to be taken on by North Tyneside Council.

From April 1, health visiting and school nursing services – previously commissioned externally by the local authority, will become part of the council’s public health service.

The move is set to bring together a range of important services with the aim of putting children’s health and wellbeing at the heart of the council.

Coun Margaret Hall, cabinet member for Public Health, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome these services – and the dedicated staff who provide them – to the team at North Tyneside Council.

“We are committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of all children in North Tyneside and we are looking to build on our existing partnerships to help us develop and improve these services.

“We have been working closely with schools and GP surgeries in recent months to ensure that this transfer runs smoothly and that there will be no disruption to the vital services that families use.”

Health visitors and school nurses will be based at four community venues.

Regular community child health clinics will be held at Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, as well as the Riverside, Howdon and Shiremoor children’s centres.

There will also be additional clinics held at community venues around North Tyneside.

For details of your nearest community child health clinic, please contact your health visitor.