Publicly funded NHS & social care services
Publicly funded NHS & social care services

Health Visiting Service

Health Visitor with Mums and Babies

Health Visiting Service

Health Visitors are qualified nurses or midwives with a specialist qualification in public health for children, young people and families. They work alongside families offering support and information around parenthood and early parenting, from pregnancy right through to when your child starts school. The service offers support for all parents of all children (0-5), whatever their circumstances.

Who is this service for?

All children (0-5 years) and their families who are residents in the Bath and North East Somerset area.

How does this service work / what's involved in this service?

Some of the services you can expect to receive from your Health Visitor from birth through to when your child is 5 years old or enters school include:

  • An invitation to an antenatal parent course called Hello Baby! This is a free course for parents expecting a baby, which runs over 3 sessions. It is a lovely way to meet other parents and members of your health visiting team and is a really friendly and relaxed course about becoming a parent.
  • A visit to your home while you are pregnant. This is a chance to meet your health visitor and discuss becoming a parent and the local support available for you.
  • A new birth visit. Your health visitor will arrange to visit you at home before your baby is 14 days old to support you with feeding and caring for your baby and adjusting to having a new family member.
  • Weekly baby feeding hubs. Baby feeding hubs are drop in sessions which have replaced baby clinics. They offer relaxed settings for families to meet and chat with Health Visitors and other parents and carers, without making an appointment.
  • Development reviews. These are a chance to discuss how things are going, how you are feeling and review with your health visitor the health and development of your baby or child. Development reviews take place at 6-8 weeks, 4 months, 12 months and 2 – 2.5 years.

What can I talk to my Health Visitor about?

Health visitors are keen to hear your thoughts, feelings and experiences about being a parent – you can talk through any worries you may have. At the hubs you can also chat with other parents in a relaxed play environment for your baby. You can talk to your health visitor about anything which is on your mind, for example lots of parents seek support around:

  • Infant feeding and introducing family foods
  • Understanding your baby’s behaviour and how they are developing
  • Adjusting to becoming a parent
  • Family life and difficulties such as postnatal depression
  • Healthy choices such as lifestyle, eating or immunisations
  • Home safety, housing problems, domestic abuse or child abuse

We work with other professionals and practitioners to ensure you get additional expert help if you need it. We will also show you how you can take full advantage of the range of resources that are available to you locally so you can gain support within your own community. We also work closely with local Children’s Centres to promote family activities which help build a strong bond with your child. Children’s Centres offer a range of services, advice and support for parents and carers.

Accredited as Baby Friendly by Unicef.

How do I access this service?

By Phone: You can call you your Health Visiting team at any time during office hours. All teams have an answer machine where you can leave a message during times when nobody is available to take your call. If you are not sure of the number you can look it up by opening the team link on the right of the page.

In Person: You can drop into any of the baby feeding hubs across Bath & North East Somerset. An up to date list of the hubs can be downloaded on the right of this page.

Social Media: Keep in touch with the health visiting service in Bath & North East Somerset through Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook link: www.facebook.com/thebabyfeedinghub

Twitter link: twitter.com/sironabfh

What does this service cost?

This is an NHS funded service and is therefore free of charge to you.

In what areas is this service available?

We currently offer this service in the Bath and North East Somerset area.

To discover your local Health Visiting Team, please click on the ‘Search for your nearest Health Visiting Team location’ link on the right of this page.

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Locations

St. Martin's Hospital
Phone:
01225 831 794
Location:
St. Martin's Hospital
Clara Cross Lane
Bath
BA2 5RP
Open:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.
This is our main admin number, but you can look up numbers for local Health Visiting Teams using this locations list or using the 'Search for your nearest Health Visiting Team location' link on the right of this page.
St Martins Garden Health Visiting Team
Phone:
01225 831 844
Location:
St Martins Garden Health Visiting Team
150 Frome Road, Odd Down
Bath
BA2 5RE
Open:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Chew Valley Health Visiting Team
Phone:
01225 395 458
Location:
Chew Valley Health Visiting Team
Chew Lane, Chew Magna
Bristol
BS40 8QA
Open:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Keynsham Health Visiting team
Phone:
01179 461 076
Location:
Keynsham Health Visiting team
65 West View Road
Keynsham
BS31 2UE
Open:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Parkside Health Visiting Team
Phone:
01225 831 829
Location:
Parkside Health Visiting Team
Charlotte Street
Bath
BA1 2NE
Open:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Somer Valley East Health Visiting Team (Radstock and Peasdown)
Phone:
01225 395 431
Location:
Somer Valley East Health Visiting Team (Radstock and Peasdown)
Greystones Building, Church Street
Radstock
BA3 3QQ
Open:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Somer Valley West Health Visiting Team (MSN and Paulton)
Phone:
01761 408 358
Location:
Somer Valley West Health Visiting Team (MSN and Paulton)
Salisbury Road
Paulton
BS39 7SB
Open:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Twerton & Moorland Health Visiting Team
Phone:
01225 831 694
Location:
Twerton & Moorland Health Visiting Team
Woodhouse Road, Twerton
Bath
BA2 1SY
Open:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Weston Health Visiting Team
Phone:
01225 474 284
Location:
Weston Health Visiting Team
Penn Hill
Bath
BA1 4EH
Open:
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.

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