Within Surrey Heartlands we aim to achieve sustainable, high quality physical and mental health care for women and children that is responsive to diverse local need and affordable to the system.
This will be achieved through working better together with children and their families across the organisations who commission the services and the organisations that provide the services – building on local good practice.
Health and 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 visit the Healthy Surrey website.
Looking after your children – useful resources
- Learning Disabilities (via NHS.uk)
- The Healthy Surrey website provides parents and carers with advice and information on how to manage minor illnesses and injuries in babies and children and clear guidance on when to seek help.
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:
- Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals Maternity Team
- Royal Surrey Maternity Team
- Epsom and St. Helier Hospitals Maternity Team
- Surrey and Sussex Hospitals Maternity Team
Surrey Heartlands was a national early adopter for the national Maternity Transformation Programme and has an ambitious plan in place to guide local service improvement.
There is also more information available on our Women and Maternity page.
Call A Midwife Surrey 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.
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:
- Epsom and St. Helier Hospitals - Service index
- Children's Health Surrey - Service index
- Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals - Service index
- Royal Surrey - Service index
- Surrey and Sussex Hospitals - Service index
Emotional Health and 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:
Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
A child or young person has special educational needs and disabilities if they have a learning difficulty and/or a disability that means they need special health and education support, we shorten this to SEND.
The SEND Code of Practice 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 gives guidance to health and social care, education and local authorities to make sure that children and young people with SEND are properly supported.
To find out more about SEND services in Surrey, please see the following links:
Safeguarding means protecting a citizen’s health, wellbeing and human rights; enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is an integral part of providing high-quality health care. Safeguarding children, young people and adults is a collective responsibility.
All staff, whether they work in a hospital, a care home, in general practice, or in providing community care, and whether they are employed by a public sector, private, or not-for-profit organisation, have a responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect in the NHS.
please visit the Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership website.