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Photo exhibition of local mums and infants for Breastfeeding Week

National Breastfeeding week (1 to 7 August 2018) is to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding, explain what support is available and highlight the links between good nutrition and breastfeeding. To launch the week, our infant feeding team worked with creative students from George…

Postnatal depression

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby. It's a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners, although this is less common.…

Power of attorney, deputyship and appointeeship

For some people there comes a time when you can no longer make decisions about your finances, care or other personal matters. In this situation, you can if you have the mental capacity to do so, appoint someone to look after your affairs called a power…

Pregnancy and early years

As soon as you think you’re pregnant, make an appointment to see your GP or midwife to find out about antenatal (pregnancy) care in Waltham Forest. NHS Choices has information on pregnancy, the different stages and the support you can expect. We run a Family Nurse Partnership programme to support…

Public health

Public health is about helping people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health. We want everyone to be able to make healthier choices, regardless of their circumstances, and to minimise the risk and impact of illness. Learn more about what we…

Public health in Waltham Forest

On 1 April 2013, the Waltham Forest public health directorate formally became part of the Council. This change has not affected how people access health services. You can find out more about the change on the London Councils website. The public health team exists to promote…

Reduce sugar and be sugar smart

Waltham Forest made a commitment to reduce sugar intake in the borough, through our Sugar Reduction Declaration. Too much sugar is linked with a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay. We are calling on residents, businesses and organisations to take part…

SafetyNet Waltham Forest’s Community Safety Partnership

SafetyNet is a partnership between the council, police, probation, fire, and health services, as well as key partners including housing providers, victim services, plus community and voluntary sectors. SafetyNet aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, gang crime, violence against women and girls, youth and re-offending, and…

Sexual health and family planning

Our sexual health and HIV services include provision of advice and services on contraception, relationships, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).   We offer free and confidential services from the following sites: Waltham Forest community clinics, GP practices and Pharmacies,   Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health…

Sexual health Q&A

Sex doctor Anne Edwards answers questions on emergency contraception, chlamydia and HIV. I had unprotected sex last night. What should I do? You can get emergency contraception (also known as the morning after pill) at pharmacies. Some pharmacies provide free emergency contraception to women of all ages, including…
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