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ChatHealth messaging services are now being offered by around 40% of health visiting services in England, offering more choice of access and convenience for parents and carers of babies and children under 5 to reach their local health visitors.

The parents and carers of almost 2 million 0-5 year-olds live in areas where they can contact health visitors by text, this is in addition to the parents and carers of over 1.5 million 0-19 year-olds who also have access.

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Health visitors are using ChatHealth to :

  • deliver earlier intervention (therefore preventing unnecessary visits to GPs and A&E)
  • offer greater choice of access
  • extend reach to reduce inequalities
  • work more efficiently as a healthcare team

Number of Contacts


messaging conversations took place with parents and carers of children under 5 in 2021-2022

Number of Contacts


messaging conversations took place with parents and carers of children aged 0-19 in 2021-2022

Top Reasons for Contact

  • Infant feeding
  • Minor illnesses
  • General development

(in 2021-2022)

Busiest Times for Contact

On Mondays
between 9:00 – 12:00


Service User Experience


of parents and carers who used ChatHealth said their conversation helped them in 2021-2022.

What New Parents Say

“As a first time mum ChatHealth is a great resource and such a comfort to get professional advice so easily!”

What Staff Users say

“I think some mums prefer the ease of texting and it is a medium they prefer to use, rather than telephone call.”


Read the Journal Paper on the use of a text messaging service for communications with parents and carers.

RCN Primary Health Care Journal, March 2019

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Parents and carers of babies and children under five can discover an array of health information, from pregnancy through to the child starting school, on the Health for Under 5s website.

Alongside expert written national content, we are working with 7 NHS partners to publish information on advice and events in Local Areas and provide details about local health visiting services and specialist support services

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Health for Under 5sHealth for Under 5s  supports prospective parents as well as parents and carers of children aged 0-5. It contains advice and information from trusted NHS professionals to support them through their child’s early years.

In the Local Area section, parents and carers can access advice articles written by local NHS services and find local events. Parents and carers can also use the service finder to locate services in their area relevant to what stage they’re at.

Local Areas on Health for Under 5s are available for:

  • Devon (new in 2021-2022)
  • Hampshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Solihull (new in 2021-2022)
  • Warwickshire (new in 2021-2022)

Number of Local Areas


Local Areas are delivered by NHS partners


(as of June 2022)

Most Visited Pages

  1. Article: Top Tips for Ditching the Dummy
  2. Section page: Baby – The First Year
  3. Services: Hampshire – Your Health Visiting Service


Service User Experience


of Health for Under 5s visitors said the information helped them in 2021-2022

What New Parents Say:

“The Health for Under 5s website is a really great resource, especially at a time when face-to-face contact and support is hard to come by.”