Health Visitors work with families to improve health outcomes, and provide expert information, assessment and intervention for babies, children and families.
About the service
Health Visitors are qualified nurses or midwives who have an additional degree or post-graduate diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. They have had specialist training in child development and health promotion and can support families to prevent illness and to promote good health.
Our Health Visiting service sites within the Starting Well Partnership. The partnership has its own website full of resources and information for children, young people, parents and carers.
What we do
Health Visitors are Specialist Community Public Health Nurses who alongside Community Nursery Nurses deliver the 0-5 Healthy Child Programme:
Antenatal visit: 28-32 weeks pregnant
A Health Visitor will help you prepare for parenthood and is someone you can talk to about how you are feeling. This visit will be offered to all first time parents and to other families if required.
10-14 days after birth
You can talk with the Health Visitor about how your new baby is settling in and you can ask questions regarding any aspect of their care including feeding issues and immunisations. You can also talk about how you are feeling. The Health Visitor will also be able to advise on support and activities in your local area.
Six to eight weeks after the birth
You can talk to your Health Visitor about how you and your new family are doing. There will be an opportunity to talk about immunisations which start at 8 weeks and how you are feeling emotionally and physically.
9-12 months Ages and Stages developmental review
This is also an opportunity to discuss your child’s general health and wellbeing. If you are interested, your health visitor can also put you in touch with local baby groups, children’s centres or activities in your area.
This is an opportunity to discuss your child’s development and general health and wellbeing including speech and language development, toilet training and behaviour.
2½ - 5 years
You can contact your health visitor directly to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
All children should have access to the right services, at the right time, to make sure they can reach their full potential. We work together with other agencies to ensure that the right professionals are involved at the right time to meet the needs of you and your child. Find out more about how we support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
You can contact the health visiting team to discuss any health and development concerns you may have regarding your child by calling our 1 simple number: 01905 520 032. If your child is under 5 years old and you need advice on issues such as feeding, behavior or constipation, contact our Telephone Advisory Service (TAS) on: 01905 520 032 Mon-Fri 9am-1pm.
You will see/speak to a member of the health visiting team, please note, the member of staff you will see/speak too will not be medically trained, if your child is unwell please contact the most appropriate service such as; Pharmacist, GP, 111 or 999
Book an appointment to attend a Well Child clinic
We’re delighted to offer face-to-face appointments with our Health Visiting teams once again and understand how important this is to new parents and their babies. They provide an opportunity for new parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their child’s health and development. Find out more about our bookable Well Child clinics.