Healthy Child Programme launched at Norwood’s Somers Centre

24 June 2014

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will deliver and promote the Healthy Child Programme at Norwood's Somers Centre. The Healthy Child Programme, which offers immunisations, child health development reviews and support to prevent obesity in young children, is being provided in partnership with Homerton University Hospital and the NHS. It was launched on Tuesday 17 June by Diane Abbott MP and Tim Melville-Ross, Chairman of Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The first programmes began in May 2014.
Marcia Smikle, Head of Community Nursing for Children, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate Homerton's commitment to moving away from the ‘one size fits all' approach to health care delivery.

"We welcome the opportunity to provide health-focused services, alongside existing well-used activities provided by Norwood. This underlines our commitment to provide a range of services in an accessible, flexible and convenient way that meets the needs of the observant Jewish community."

The launch event took place on Tuesday June 17 the Somers Centre with Diane Abbott MP and Tim Melville-Ross, Chairman of Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Local parents and organisations from the community joined staff from Homerton and Norwood for the event.

One local mother said: "Could we please have more clinics like these. They are convenient, ‘heimishe’ and very relaxed." Another praised the new service for its punctual appointments and convenient times, while a third added: "My other children could play happily in a safe environment while I took my baby to be immunised."

The centre currently attracts 1,500 mothers and children each month, who benefit from its drop-in and family support services, toy library, soft play and sensory room, after-school clubs, summer schemes and support service for children with special educational needs.