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School nurses in Hertfordshire go online with teen advice

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School nurses from Hertfordshire Community Trust will help run two new health websites for children and young people across the county.

The Health for Teens and Health for Kids websites will deliver topical health messages and advice, and feature information on local school nursing services.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust’s school nursing team will be responsible for updating the health pages with useful information.

The trust is working in partnership with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which came up with the original concept and design of the websites.

“The sites not only give children and young people helpful health and wellbeing guidance, but can be accessed by parents, carers and teachers to utilise the variety of resources available such as interactive games, signpost to other local health services or download relevant information materials,” said Andrea Harrington, strategic lead and operational manager for school nursing at Hertfordshire Community.

“People can also search for contact details of their child’s school nursing team,” she added.

The Health for Teens site – aimed at those aged 11 to 19 years – includes information on the ChatHealth service, which allows young people to text a school nurse for confidential advice.

The Health for Kids site enables parents to find out which school nursing team covers their child’s school and how to get in touch.

Helen Thompson, Leicestershire Partnership’s director for family, young people and children’s services, said the organisation was pleased more trusts were adopting the websites.

“We are confident that, just as we have seen in Leicestershire, the websites will facilitate access to the expertise and support of Hertfordshire’s school nursing teams, to make a difference to children, young people and families locally,” she said.

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