Within Surrey Heartlands we aim to achieve sustainable, high-quality physical and mental health care for women and children that meets the wide range of needs in our communities.
We will achieve this through working better together – both the organisations who commission the services and the organisations that provide the services – building on local good practice.
Health & Wellbeing
As well as providing care when required, we want to help people to avoid preventable ill-health. We’ll do this by enabling local people to make the right choices for them and their families through support, information and access to early intervention to stop physical and mental ill health at an early stage.
The NHS Long Term Plan supports this focus on prevention and early intervention. Drawn up by those who know the NHS best – frontline health and care staff, patients and their families and other experts – the Long Term Plan is ambitious but realistic. It will give everyone the best start in life; deliver world-class care for major health problems, such as cancer and heart disease, and help people age well.
If you would like information about supporting you and your family’s health and wellbeing, please click here.
Looking after your children – useful resources
- Managing your child's health
- Head Injuries - Advice for Parents and Carers
- Which Flu vaccine should your child have?
- Learning Disabilities (via NHS Choices)
- Parent information leaflet: where and how to seek help when your child is unwell
There are four maternity units in the Surrey Heartlands area. The services provide antenatal, intrapartum (labour and birth) and postnatal care led by a team of Obstetricians and Midwives.
For local Trust maternity information, please see the links below:
Surrey Heartlands Maternity Advice Line
Surrey Heartlands also plans to give women greater choice, including the creation of a single community midwifery team, a shared home birthing team and the introduction of a shared electronic health record system. The three hospital trusts involved are Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Surrey Heartlands Pregnancy Advice Line – 0300 123 5473
Other local support and information
Perinatal Mental Health
The aim of the Surrey Perinatal Mental Health Service is to ensure that:
- Every woman has access to services to support her psychosocial wellbeing as well as that of her infant and her family in order to prevent mental illness during the antenatal period until one year after delivery.
- Every woman is able to access quality perinatal mental health care and treatment at the right time, at the right level and at the right location
Surrey has a specialist mental health service for women who are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or have a baby up to 12 months old. It is made up of different professionals including psychiatrists, mental health nurses, psychologists and allied health professionals such as occupational therapists.For more information, please visit the Surrey and Borders Partnership website.
Children’s health needs are met by many different organisations across the Surrey Heartlands system. GP’s, health visitors and school nurses are usually a first point of contact for children’s health needs and can signpost into other services if required.
For more information about services provided in Surrey Heartlands, please see the links below:
Local support and information
For details about the health visitor advice line, please click here.
If you are looking for more information about the local service offer provided by Surrey County Council Children’s Services please click here.
The HANDi app is a new mobile phone app that provides advice and support to parents and carers if their children have symptoms of common childhood illnesses. The HANDi App offers simple and straightforward advice on what to do and who to contact when a child is unwell.You can download the FREE HANDi App for Android phones from Google Play or the Apple App Store for iPhones by searching 'Handi app' Paediatric, then selecting ‘Surrey Heartlands’.
Emotional Health & Wellbeing
Surrey County Council, NHS organisations in Surrey as well as the voluntary sector are working together on a major transformation programme across Surrey Heartlands to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people (CYP). The transformation will see a change in services themselves, the way services are accessed, referral processes, as well as a greater use of community assets, such as peer support.
If you would like more information about CAMH services in Surrey Heartlands, there is more information below:
- Surrey CAMHS Whole System Transformation Plan, revised October 2019
Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)
SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability. All schools have a duty to be accessible and inclusive for the children within their community. It is our job to support parents in providing the best possible education for children.
If you would like more information about Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, please see the following links:
A primary duty of statutory services is to keep children safe. For more information about safeguarding children in Surrey, please click here.