School nursing

Our school nursing team work with children, young people and their families across Stockton, Hartlepool and further afield to provide care, advice and health promotion for children and young people aged between four and 19.

The dedicated team provide:

  • health assessments to find out any health needs
  • immunisation programmes in schools
  • health education and health promotion
  • a service to make sure children are safe and supported
  • confidential advice for young people

We also provide advice, support and signposting to a number of services including:

  • emotional and mental health services
  • sexual health
  • local services for childcare support and parent courses
  • services to help you and your family lead a healthy lifestyle

National child measurement programme

Children in reception class and year six have their height and weight measured. This data is issued for national analysis and publication, in a way that individual children cannot be directly identified. Helping children to achieve a healthy weight is a priority. Parents and carers receive the results through the post.

Child health screening programme

Children in reception class take part in routine hearing and vision screening and are referred onto the relevant services if we get results which need further tests. Parents and carers receive the results through the post.

We screen children from when they start school, reception and year six children. We check their hearing, vision, height and weight. The results of the height and weight results are sent anonymously to the national child measurement programme.

If children fail their vision test they may need to go to see an optician or an ophthalmologist in hospital if it is more serious. If they fail their hearing test, we do another test between six and eight weeks later and if necessary we refer them to an audiologist.

Parents receive the results of the tests through the post.

How to make a referral

We take referrals from parents, schools, young people and other services.


We can be contacted Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 5pm or you can speak to your local school

0333 3202 302

01429 522718

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