Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

Getting support

Places to find out more:


Healthy Family Team:

  • Healthy Family Teams offer advice and support around all aspects of a child’s development, including speech, language and communication. At your child’s development reviews they will ask you to tell them about your child’s language development and give you advice on how to help. They may also recommend support from the Children’s Centre, such as Home Talk, the Speech and Language Therapy team or from an early years educational placement. Find out more about Healthy Families Teams and how to contact them.

Children's Centres

For information about sessions at your local Children’s Centre visit Nottinghamshire County Council's Children's Centre web pages.

  • Your local Centre runs fun activities that your family can take part in to develop your child’s language and communication e.g. Under 1’s group, Stay and Play, Talking Walks. 
  • Every Children’s Centre has a Language Lead who can give advice about how to develop your child’s language in everyday situations.

Little Talkers: Small group sessions with singing, play and helpful strategies to support your child on their next steps to talking. A new theme each week helps to keep your child’s interest and develop their confidence to join in. You can watch some of our songs here.


Library services:

  • Nottinghamshire libraries offer services that support children’s early language and reading development. For example, free Bookstart packs, story sessions. Why not visit your local library? For more information visit:
  • Find a library 
  • Rhyme, Rattle & Roll 
  • Bookstart 


Home Talk:

If your child is between 2-2.5 years and may benefit from some support with their talking, they may meet the criteria for Home Talk. A Home Talk worker can offer fun home visits for children and their grown ups to share ideas about talking together. Click here to view our Home Talk leaflet or contact your local Healthy Families Team or contact us via email or 07788 386264 for more information.


Children’s Speech & Language Therapy Service

Despite early support some children may still need to see a Speech and Language Therapist. As well as the Children’s Centre SLT team, children who need more help with their speech, language and communication skills can be referred to the Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service. Find out more about Children's Speech and Language Therapy.



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