Healthy Start vitamins are designed to prevent vitamin D deficiency, which cannot always be avoided with healthy diet alone. Around a third of children are thought to be vitamin D deficient, which can result in soft bones and rickets, leaving a child vulnerable to physical injury and preventing bones from growing properly.
Richmond has low levels of uptake of Healthy Start vitamins. The scheme has been relaunced with a greater number of pick up locations and cheaper prices, and health professionals are encouraging people to take advantage of the scheme.
The Department of Health recommends that all pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under the age of 5 should take a vitamin supplement containing vitamin D.
Currently the scheme offers:
The vitamins are free for families in receipt of means tested benefits.
People who are not on means tested benefits get the vitamins at low cost, £1 for the mothers’ tablets and £1.50 for the children’s drops.
if you are in receipt of means tested benefits, you need to apply for vouchers. You can do this in several ways:
See the Healthy Start website for full instructions on how to apply.
People who are not in receipt of means tested do not need to apply for vouchers to purchase the low cost vitamins.
You can redeem you vouchers or purchase the low cost vitamins at the following locations.
For more information about the Healthy Start vitamins scheme, please see the Healthy Start website, or contact Anthony Nichols:
Phone: 020 8734 3447
Updated: 15 December 2015