Universal Children's Health Services

Local Health Services – GP, Dentist, Pharmacy


St Mary’s Health Centre offers a number of NHS health services

  • GPs

  • Health clinics

  • Pharmacy

  • Optician

  • Travel vaccinations

  • Some non-NHS services


The Health Centre also has regular Health Clinics, Community Mental Health Nurse and Drug & alcohol counsellor. The Isles of Scilly Family Health team, Health visitor and School nurse, have their office based at the Health Centre. There are GPs surgeries and clinics held on the off islands in the island Community halls.


St. Mary’s Health Centre  Tel:  01720 422628


Please use this number for out of hours, NHS 111 is also available

In the event of an emergency dial 999 and ask for the ambulance service


St. Mary’s Health Centre website:  scillyhealth.co.uk/  





A Community Pharmacy is located at St. Mary’s Health Centre and offers a range of pharmacy services.


Tel:  01720 422021


St. Mary’s Health Centre

King Edwards Lane

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly 

TR21 0HE




Smile Together provide a dental service based at St. Mary’s Hospital.  This is a commissioned NHS dental service and can refer patients to specialist NHS dental services.  


Information for specialist dental services for example those with SEND:






Weekdays Tel:  0333 405 0291

The call centre is open from 8:30 am

Urgent and Emergency dental care:  0333 405 0290


Email:  smile.together@nhs.net  website:  https://smiletogether.co.uk/

Contact details:  https://smiletogether.co.uk/contact/


Further information 


Smile Together website:  https://smiletogether.co.uk/  

About Isles of Scilly practice:  https://smiletogether.co.uk/locations/isles-of-scilly/

Emergency dental care:  https://smiletogether.co.uk/services/urgent-and-emergency-care-overview/

Facebook: Brighter Dental - Isles of Scilly

Maternity Services


There is an on island Community Midwife who is supported by mainland colleagues.

When you first find out that you are pregnant, get in touch with your GP who will arrange an initial visit with a midwife.  Your midwife will help you plan your care before and after birth.

As part of your care plan, your midwife will talk to you about your options and preferences for giving birth.



St. Mary’s Health Centre: 

Tel:  422628

Website: http://scillyhealth.co.uk/


There are GPs surgeries and clinics held on the off islands in the island Community halls.


Further information

For further information about maternity services.


There is also a range of information available, including Dad Pad on the NHS Kernow website.



Young Parents

The Wild Project is a Cornish based charity, their vision is for young parents and their children to be healthy, happy and safe, with better life chances and aspirations.

WILD works with young parents where one parent is under 20.  

You can also come to WILD if you or your partner and 23 or under, and have some extra needs. (eg if you or your child has a social worker, or if you have been in care, or if you or your partner or your children have a disability.

Young parents are welcome at WILD if you are pregnant, or have children living with you, or if you don’t live with your children, if you have a partner, or if you are a single parent.


Tel: 01209 210077

Email: hello@wildproject.org.uk



Breast Feeding Services


Your midwife and health visitor are there to support you.  They offer breastfeeding information and advice, if you have any breastfeeding worries or concerns please contact them.

Your midwife will support you in the early days.  The Isles of Scilly family health team offer antenatal and postnatal breastfeeding advice, whenever you need it.  



Isles of Scilly Family Health team, Health Visitor and School Nurse

Tel:  01720 423722


Tel:  07557604827 


Further information

Breastfeeding Information and Support Cornwall (BISC)

BISC is a network of trained peer support volunteers who provide friendly,

non-judgemental support for parents in breastfeeding, giving human milk to

their children and related matters. The support provided by BISC volunteers

is confidential and all peer supporters receive safeguarding training.


Services they provide:

  • 1-to-1 video peer support via Microsoft Teams

  • Online drop-in groups via Teams

  • Facebook messenger chat and Facebook parent groups


For more information about how to access BISC services download PDF

Email:  peersupport.BISC@cornwall.gov.uk

Tel:  01872 322779

The NHS Start4Life service

A web based advice service that also has links to online support and links to other organisations.  

Start4Life have a Breast feeding Friend service available on Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Facebook messenger for NHS approved breast feeding advice and tips.

NHS Start4Life website: www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/  

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Health Visitor


Health Visitors are qualified nurses who are public facing, supporting families with young children and are a part of the Isles of Scilly Family health team.  


Health Visitors work with a range of services and there are 4 parts to the Health Visiting service:

  • Community - Health visitors work with a variety of community organisations running groups for parents and carers in your area to support you and your family. 

  • Universal Services (offered to every family) - Health visitors and their teams lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme from pregnancy to starting school.  This promotes support to both parents through a series of scheduled child health reviews incorporating assessment of children’s health, development and wider well-being to ensure all children are reaching their full potential.

  • Universal Plus (further support for families) - Health visitors and their teams are able to provide a rapid response when additional support is required. This service assesses each child and family and refers them on to other appropriate services when specific expert help is needed, for example post-natal depression, speech and language therapy, child development, advice around parenting, weaning, or coping with a sleepless baby.

  • Universal Partnership Plus (for families who need additional support) - Health visitors and their teams work in partnership with parents and a range of local services over a period of time to provide intensive support with more complex health needs. This can include work with family hubs and other community services including the voluntary and community sectors to provide long term support in areas such as safeguarding and learning disabilities.

Health Visitors offer the following services:

  • Antenatal

  • New births

  • 6-8 week development review

  • 3-4 month development review

  • 1 year development review

  • 2-2.5 year development review

  • Help when new to the area

The Isles of Scilly Family health team are available for one to one appointments and attend some early year’s island activities, as part the Council of the Isles of Scilly Early Years programme.  They have an office based at St. Mary’s Health Centre.  If the local team are not available, support is offered by the Cornwall Family Health Team, Locality 1. 


Information and advice on sleep is also offered for further information on Sleep support


If you are new to the island and have a child under 5 years of age, when you register with a GP at St. Mary’s Health Centre, the Health Visitor will be informed and will arrange a home visit with you for a child health assessment.


If your child is over 5 years of age then you can contact the school nurse.

Click on the poster for a PDF version

Health Visiting poster

If your child is aged over 2 years and has had a the two year old check and you have had no more contact with your health visiting team and would like further advice/assistance from a health visitor, please make a referral through the Early Help Hub.


Isles of Scilly Family health team, Health Visitor and School Nurse 01720 423722

If you are unable to make contact with the Isles of Scilly team and require support, then the Family Health Team, Locality 1 are available 01872 322779 on the Advice Line.

Further information​

Cornwall Council   www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/childrens-services/health-visiting-and-school-nursing/

School Nurse



School nurses provide confidential advice and health information to young people, their parents, carers and teachers.    You can see the School Nurse at School, a health care setting or another venue of your choice as drop-ins or one-one confidential appointments.

School nurses have 3 main roles:

  • give confidential advice and care to young people and parents or carers 

  • support young people to look after their physical and emotional health 

  • direct young people to the right services.


School nurses offer health assessments to all children when they start primary and secondary school, this is by negative consent.  You can ask for a health assessment for your child at any time and book an appointment. 


School nurses also make referrals to other services your child may need including, hearing tests, speech and language therapy, continence services, child mental health services, dietitians.  This includes ophthalmology up to 7 years of age, from then you will need a referral from an optician.  


There is a drop in session for secondary pupils Tuesdays 1.30 to 2pm at Five Islands Academy.


Isles of Scilly Family health team, School Nurse and Health Visitor

Tel:  01720 423722

Advice Line: 01872 322779

Friday to Monday 10 am to 3 pm


Further information

Five Islands Academy website  http://www.fiveislands.scilly.sch.uk/school-nurse/   

Cornwall Council https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/health-visitor-school-nurse/

School nurse poster

Click on the images for a PDF version

School Nuarse information poster
Sleep support information from the School Nurse and Health Team

Support with sleep is available to all families as part of the Health Visitor/ School Nurse offer.  Please contact the School Nurse who will give you a sleep assessment form to complete and arrange a 1 hour appointment to discuss interventions with your family or specialist support.


School nurse: 01720 423722 / 07827 284 105 or the general Health Visitor/School Nurse Advice line: 01872 322779

Immunisation and Vaccination


Vaccines are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, at the age at which you should ideally have them. St. Mary’s Health Centre provides this service and offer a range of routine immunisations and vaccinations, as well as travel vaccinations.

If you have any queries the best thing to do is to discuss this with the Practice nurse who specialises in this area.  GP’s, Pharmacist and Health Visitors can also offer advice.


St. Mary’s Health Centre

King Edwards Lane

St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly 

TR21 0HE


Tel:  01720 422628




There are GPs surgeries and clinics held on the off islands in the island Community halls.

For further information

St. Mary’s Health Centre webpage with Family Health information about vaccinations.


Start4Life website, vaccinations and immunisations information.


St. Mary’s Community Hospital


There is a Community hospital and Minor Injuries Unit, MIU on St Mary’s and this is run by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundations Trust. 

St Mary's Community Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient clinics for people on the Isles of Scilly.

The Minor Injuries Unit, MIU, is open all day, every day.  The latest MIU opening and waiting times

are available on their website www.cornwallft.nhs.uk/services/minor-injury-units/miu-waiting-times/

A number of outpatient clinics are provided from the hospital.  Your appointment letter will provide you with information but if you have any queries, please call.



St. Mary’s Hospital


St. Mary’s

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0LE


Tel:  01720 422392


Further information 


Emotional health and Wellbeing



There are a number of places on the Isles of Scilly where children and young people can find support and advice about their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

It is a good idea to speak to someone you can trust such as a family member/carer, teacher or pastoral support worker, youth worker or GP if you are struggling.



St. Mary’s Health Centre Tel:  01720 422628

There are weekly off island clinics based at island community halls.

At School

Five Islands Academy has a Wellbeing and Personal Development Coordinator. They are a fully trained Thrive practitioner and guides the staff team in providing appropriate support for students.  www.thriveapproach.com

All of the classroom staff receive regular training and can support children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. In more complex situations the Wellbeing and Personal Development Coordinator will work directly with students and families for a block of time.

Students and parents can approach anyone in school that they feel comfortable with for support and advice, but we recommend that parents contact their child’s class teacher or form tutor in the first instance.


Five Islands Academy Wellbeing and Personal Development Coordinator

Tel: 01720 424865

email sarahshave@fiveislands.org or enquiries@fiveislands.org



School Nurses

The School nurses are also available and provide confidential advice and health information to young people, their parents, carers and teachers. www.fiveislands.scilly.sch.uk/school-nurse/     

The Isles of Scilly Family Health Team Tel:  01720 42722 



Where young people are experiencing or showing signs of low level emotional problems, their worries can be discussed in “BLOOM” 


BLOOM is a multi-professional monthly meeting consisting of partners from Children’s Social Care, Adult Mental Health, Education, Health, including GP’s, Health Visitor and School Nurse and CAMHS


The aim of the group is to support young people at the earliest possible opportunity to prevent situations from escalating and needing a higher level of intervention from CAMHS. 


Discussions will only take place with parental and child consent (age appropriate) and children and young people can be referred to the group discussion by any professional.  If a parent would like their child to be discussed in this forum they can ask any professional from any of the above agencies to submit their concerns. 


The outcome of the meeting will be to form a support plan from local professionals and or refer to more specialist services.


NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, CAMHS

Cornwall Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service, CAMHS, provide a service to children, young people and their families on the Isles of Scilly.


The CAMHS service is made up of: individual and family therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, specialist nurses, primary mental health workers, occupational therapists, learning disability specialists.

For children and young people living in the Isles of Scilly, you can be referred by your GP, social worker, health worker or school SENCO.  Referrals are looked at to decide whether CAMHS is the best service to support your needs.  Sometimes, at this stage, your referral will be passed on to a more suitable service.

Please refer to our CAMHS section for further information, including Learning Disability Nursing.


Cornwall CAMHS


Five Islands Academy


NHS Primary Care Mental Health Nurse

A Mental Health Nurse holds regular clinics at St. Mary’s Health Centre, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Appointments can be made direct via the Health Centre by telephoning and booking an appointment or by a referral from your GP. 

St. Mary’s Health Centre Tel:  01720 422628

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