Healthy Start is a Department of Health funded scheme which provides low-income families and pregnant women with free vouchers every week. These vouchers can be spent on milk, plain fresh and frozen vegetables, first infant formula and used to collect vitamins for both mothers and children up to the age of 4. For information on the national Healthy Start programme and guidance on eligibility and how to apply please visit http://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/.
In Islington, ALL pregnant women, breastfeeding mums and children under 4 can receive FREE Healthy Start Vitamins, not just those with Healthy Start vouchers. The vitamin tablets for women contain folic acid, vitamin C and D and drops for children contain vitamins A, C and D.
The information which follows below is not relevant during the current Covid-19 arrangements. Please use the Covid-19 update and FAQ links above until further notice.
The vitamins are available in all children’s centres and selected health centres across the borough. Vitamins are available at the Margaret McMillan Children's Centre site by visiting Hornsey Rise Health Centre.
Health Centres where you can collect Healthy Start vitamins: Finsbury, Goodinge, Highbury Grange, Holloway, Hornsey Rise, Northern, River Place - at all these centres, ask at Community Reception.
Healthy Start vitamins are also available from the health visiting teams at Bingfield Health Centre and Hanley Primary Care Centre. Please speak to your health visitor for information about getting the vitamins from these locations.
Click here for a map showing the locations where you collect Healthy Start vitamins.