Middlesex-London Health Unit

Family Health Services

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Record #: LON3810 Last Modified: 25 Jul 2014 Last Full Update: 21 Jul 2014
Contact Information
Office Phone519-663-5317
Fax519-663-9581
E-Mailhealth@mlhu.on.ca
Websitewww.healthunit.com/healthy-families
Agency Information
Parent Agency NameMiddlesex-London Health Unit
Service Level(50) Non Profit
Established1972
Primary ExecutiveDiane Bewick, Director of Family Health Services
FundingMunicipal - London ; Private ; Provincial - MHLTC ; Regional - Middlesex County
Description and Service Details
DescriptionProvides public health programs and services and advocacy for parents and families during all stages of life, including preconception, pregnancy, families with infants,  and children 0-4 years of age, school-age children and young adults

Services include direct counselling and support, home visits, classes and group sessions and telephone support * promotion of healthy public policy and advocacy related to poverty, literacy, chronic disease prevention, injury prevention and healthy communities * services also provided to health care providers, educators, licensed child care centres, Ontario Early Years Centres, family centres and local Boards of Education




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

Breastfeeding Support - Variety of breastfeeding supports available:

Developmental Screening Clinics - Answers questions about child development from birth to 3 years * trained screeners discuss child development through interactive sessions * sessions are approximately 45 minutes in length * referrals to appropriate agencies * visit website for more information about growth and development and an enhanced 18 month well baby visit with a care provider

Family Health Clinic - Nurse Practitioner-led clinic * 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 who do not have a family doctor or do not have a health card, as well as teenagers who do not have a family doctor or do not have a health card

Health Connection and InfantLine - Telephone Counselling - Direct telephone lines to Public Health Nurses *  free, confidential counselling about pregnancy, prenatal concerns, infant and child health and nutrition, speech and language development, postpartum recovery and postpartum depression, breastfeeding, parenting, etc.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children - Home visiting program * public health nurses and family home visitors 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 6

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 with information about nformation about parenting everyday concerns, parenting styles, growth and development of children and parenting groups and classes * interactive tools and parenting videos * register for free Let’s Grow parenting newsletters

Let's Grow Free Parenting E-Newsletter - Easy-to-read e-newsletter (12 issues in total) * includes information about important issues for parents and caregivers to know during the first 5 1/2 years of a child's life * Contains information about about growth and development, speech and language, safety, nutrition and much more * all 12 issues accessible on website or sign-up to receive e-alerts as child grows

Parenting Groups and Classes - Variety of parenting groups and programs

Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health and Wellbeing - Information and resources related to dealing with pregnancy and postpartum mental health and well-being

Prenatal Education Programs - Classes for pregnant women and their support:

tykeTALK (Thames Valley Preschool Speech and Language Program) - Focuses on the prevention, early identification and treatment of problems with speech and language and feeding/swallowing

Well Baby/Child and Breastfeeding Clinics - Public health nurses provide support and answer questions about breastfeeding, nutrition, safety, child development, community support, adjustment to parenthood, parenting, and more
HoursMon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Areas ServedLondon ; Middlesex County
BoundariesLondon and Middlesex * selected services to Thames Valley and Southwestern Ontario
EligibilityFamilies * varies per program
ApplicationNo referral required * appointments or registration required for certain programs or classes
LanguagesEnglish ; French
Feesfee for some prenatal classes which can be waived
Site Information
Site LocationCentral London with satellite office in Strathroy
Located In CommunityLondon
Address & Map
50 King St
London, ON N6A 5L7
IntersectionKing St and Ridout St
AccessibilityFully Accessible