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Southampton Healthy Ambition

We support every child's health throughout their time at school and college. We work with children, young people, families and other organisations. Our priority is to support the health and wellbeing of children in Southampton by promoting good health.  For further information please refer to the Healthier Together Website

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Referral criteria

We offer support and advice to children, and their famillies, when they start school, in reception, until they leave full time education. We will also provide
services to children and young people who do not attend school or college but live in Southampton.

Every school has a named school nurse.

If you have any concerns about a child/your child’s health or wellbeing you can:

  • contact us by phone
  • speak to your child’s school or college
  • come along and see us at one of our drop-in sessions – ask at your child’s school or college for details
  • request that we come and see you
  • talk to another health professional who will put you in contact with us
  • contact your GP.

Full service description

Our aim is to support every child’s health throughout their time at school and college. We work with children, young people, families and other organisations. Our priority is to support the health and wellbeing of children in Southampton by promoting good health.

We offer support and advice to you and your child when they start school, in reception, until they leave full time education. We will also provide services to children and young people who do not attend school or college but live in Southampton.

We work with your child, your family and other health professionals to make sure your child reaches his/her full potential.

You and your child may see one of the following professionals in our team:

  • Public Health Nurses – registered, qualified nurses who have been specially trained in public health. There is a named public health nurse for every school in Southampton.
  • School Health Nurses - registered and qualified nurses often with additional skills for the role.
  • Public Health Support Workers – a healthcare professional who is trained to provide the service under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  • Wellbeing Associate Practitioners – professional who have skills to support young people with a range of emotional problems.

We provide:

  • the National Child Measurement Programme including your child’s school entry review and year 6 growth monitoring
  • support and advice for healthy weight
  • support for growth and development issues
  • help if you are worried about your child’s health
  • individual care plans for children with health concerns requiring support in school
  • support for children with complex health needs
  • enuresis (bedwetting) advice
  • child protection, working with young people, parents and other agencies
  • health promotion, education and training
  • parenting advice
  • healthy sleep routine information and advice
  • emotional wellbeing support and help
  • parent and young-person drop-ins
  • immunisations, including the HPV vaccination for year 8 girls
  • young person’s sexual health and contraceptive advice
  • young person’s alcohol advice and support
  • support to stop smoking.

Referral method

If you have any concerns about a child's health or wellbeing you can:

  • contact us by phone
  • speak to your child’s school or college
  • come along and see us at one of our drop-in sessions – ask at your child’s school or college for details
  • request that we come and see you
  • talk to another health professional who will put you in contact with us
  • contact your GP.

Contact Information

0300 123 6661

Adelaide Health Centre, 2nd Floor, William McLeod Way, Southampton, SO16 4XE

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

pals@solent.nhs.uk

 0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005.

The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

Email: InformationGovernanceTeam@solent.nhs.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
Southampton
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

communications@solent.nhs.uk 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.