The health visiting service visits you before your baby arrives, for a new birth visit from around day 10 to 14 and then offers you support right up until your baby grows up and starts school.

A duty health visitor is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm who can talk to you about any concerns you may have or support you to access the right service for you.
If you live in Kent, you can find more information about parenting and your local health visiting service at Kent Baby  You can email  to change or amend an appointment or contact your local team for advice and support via text 07312 263368.

If you live in Medway, more details about your local health visiting service can be found at Medway Community Healthcare
More information and contact details are in your baby’s red book.

Born to move app

Download and create a profile on the free Born to Move app.  This has great features to support you and your child on the amazing journey from pregnancy, all the way to starting school.  You can sign up while you're pregnant and find ways to help grow your baby's brain and bond with them even before they arrive.  You can get tips to help your child be active, support their language skills and help their eyesight development at every stage until they start school.

Health visiting teams

You can now contact the Kent Health Visiting Service by SMS text message.

Text 07312 263368.

The team will respond Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Area Telephone Email
Ashford 0300 123 3092
Canterbury and coastal 0300 7900 156
Dartford 0300 123 2075
Dover 0300 123 3018

Gravesend 0300 123 2076
Maidstone  0300 555 0506

Sevenoaks, Swanley and Edenbridge  0300 123 4497
Shepway 0300 123 1240
Swale 0300 123 4014
Thanet 0300 0134 740

Tonbridge and Malling  0300 123 3017
Tunbridge Wells  0300 790 0243
Medway 0300 123 3444                      

You can email to change or amend an appointment

Your local health visiting service offers you and your family support right from the first visit when your baby is 10 to 14 days old until they start school.

A member of the health visiting team will see you at least three times; once during pregnancy (antenatal), again when your baby is around 10 days old and a further appointment at six to eight weeks following birth. They also offer two further developmental reviews, one between nine and 12 months and the next at two to two-and-a-half years.

You can find more information about parenting and your local health visiting service at Kent Baby.