Specialist nurse service to help new Portsmouth mums

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FIRST-TIME young mums are being offered a free home visiting service to help them settle in with their babies.

The service called the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is being targeted at mothers aged 19 and under in Portsmouth.

The FNP has three aims – to improve pregnancy outcomes, to boost child health, development, and future school achievement.

The scheme also aims to help parents become economically self-sufficient.

Jenny Gilmour, service manager for children and families for Solent NHS Trust, said: ‘The launch of this valued service in Portsmouth follows the successful implementation of an evidence-based service provided in Southampton and elsewhere across England.

‘We therefore know young families really do benefit from such a service.

‘We are proud to be able to bring FNP to Portsmouth.’

Young mums will get the free and structured home visits service by trained nurses.

Solent NHS Trust launched the service earlier this month.

It is offered in the early stages of pregnancy, and all the way through until the child turns two.

FNP is delivered by specially trained nurses who work intensively with the families which helps build relationships with new parents.

To find out more information on the FNP service, call (023) 9268 0290 or visit solent.nhs.uk.