Middlesex-London Health Unit

Family Health Services

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Record #: LON3810 Last Modified: 17 Mar 2014 Last Full Update: 27 Sep 2013
Location
Located In CommunityLondon
Address50 King St
London, ON N6A 5L7
Site LocationCentral London with satellite office in Strathroy
AccessibilityFully Accessible
IntersectionKing St and Ridout St
Contact Information
Office PhoneHealth Connection Line: 519-850-2280
Infantline: 519-675-8444
Fax519-663-9581
E-Mailhealth@mlhu.on.ca
Websitewww.healthunit.com
Primary ExecutiveDiane Bewick, Director of Family Health Services
Description & Services
DescriptionProvides programs and services for families during all stages of life, including information and advice about family health, pregnancy, parenting and infant care

Services include classes and support programs during pregnancy and after birth * other services work to support all families including babies, preschoolers, school-aged children, young adults, and parents * referral to Health Unit and community program

Infantline is for questions about babies under 1 year of age

Blind Low Vision Early Intervention Program - Specialized family-centred services for children who are diagnosed as being blind or having low vision * services include family support, assessment, intervention and consultation and are provided by specially trained Early Childhood Vision Consultants * Middlesex-London Health Unit administers program and contracts with CNIB to deliver services across Southwestern Ontario

Family Health Clinic - Nurse Practitioner provides screening for health problems, prenatal care, well baby/child checkups, vaccines/shots, treatment of common illnesses, and referrals to specialists * services for families with children 0-6 years old and teenagers who do not have a family doctor

Health Library - Collection focuses on health promotion and disease prevention, which the public can use in-house * provides reference, inter-library loan and current awareness services to public health professionals and students on placement

Healthy Aging - Healthy aging web links

Healthy Babies Healthy Children - Home visiting program * public health nurses, family home visitors, and social workers provide health information on healthy eating, pregnancy, breastfeeding, infant care, child development, parenting and help people connect to community supports and resources * services provided for pregnant mothers and families with young children up to the age of six years

Infant Hearing Program - Southwest Region - Hearing screening for all newborn infants in the hospital or in the community * follow up supports and services provided to children from birth to school age who are identified with permanent hearing loss * services include audiology, communication development, family support.

iParent - Website providing information on parenting * topics include: parenting for different ages, parenting groups and classes and parenting styles * links to other resources provided

Parenting Education Classes - Evidence-based programs offered for parents of children from birth to the teen years

Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health and Wellbeing - Information and resources related to dealing with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders as an individual or family member
  • Phone counselling - Health Connection 519-850-2280
  • Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program - self refer through Health Connection
  • 'The Pregnancy Blues' pamphlet
  • 'The Baby Blues - When they won't go away' pamphlet
  • 'The Pregnancy and Baby Blues - A Guide for Friends and Family'
  • Postpartum Self Care Plan (REST Tool)


Prenatal Education Programs - Various classes for pregnant women and their support people:

Public Health Dietitians - Registered dietitians provide reliable, up-to-date information about healthy eating and healthy weights throughout the life cycle from newborn to older adults

Smart Start for Babies - Prenatal nutrition and support program for pregnant women and teens and their partner or support person * offered at various locations in London and in Strathroy * weekly classes on healthy nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, prenatal education, newborn care

Well Baby, Child and Breastfeeding Clinics - Visit www.healthunit.com/well-baby-child-and-breastfeeding-clinics for clinic times and locations * drop-in with children of 0-4 years of age * public health nurse is available for one-on-one discussions regarding child feeding and care, safety, the adjustment to being a parent, community resources, etc. in a relaxed, supportive setting * offers checking of child's weight, discussion about their growth and development and opportunity to meet other new parents in the area * no appointment necessary * available in both London and Middlesex County

Services and Programs:
  • Community Developmental Screening Program
  • Health Connection
  • InfantLine
  • Let's Grow Free Parenting E-Newsletter
HoursHealth Connection: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Infantline: Mon-Fri 4:30pm-10pm * Sat-Sun/Holidays 10am-8pm
Areas ServedLondon ; Middlesex County
BoundariesLondon and Middlesex * selected services to Thames Valley and Southwestern Ontario
EligibilityVaries depending on service
ApplicationNo referral required * appointments or registration required for certain programs or classes
FeesVaries by program
LanguagesEnglish ; French
Established1972
FundingPrivate ; Regional - Middlesex County ; Provincial - MHLTC ; Municipal - London
Supplementary Info
Service Level(50) Non Profit