When will I see a member of my health visiting team?
While you are pregnant
Your health visitor will arrange to see you at home before your baby is born, usually at around 28 – 34 weeks. You are also very welcome to drop into any of the baby hubs, see your health visitor and meet other parents.
Continuing support into school
You can continue to access support from the health visiting service until your child starts school, support will then be available from their school nurse.
The early weeks after birth
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.
You can stay in touch with your health visitor by dropping into your local weekly baby hub and can phone for further support if you have concerns.
2 – 2 1/2 years
A health visitor will arrange to meet with you either at home or in a community setting – this is an opportunity to review and discuss your child’s health and development.
6 – 8 weeks
Your health visitor will speak with you again before your baby is 8 weeks old to see how things are going and how you are feeling.
9 – 12 months
Before your baby is a year old, a community nursery nurse will arrange to meet with you, either at home or at a local community setting, to discuss how things are going and how your child is developing.
What we provide
The health visiting service in South Gloucestershire is made up of health visitors and community nursery nurses who work in the community with children and families from the antenatal period until they go to school. The service offers support for all parents of all children (from pregnancy to age 5), whatever their circumstances.
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. Their training in public health enables them to provide evidence based support and information on a wide range of topics that can affect the health and wellbeing of
Community nursery nurses
Community nursery nurses also work alongside families, using their knowledge of child development to support parents to understand their child’s behaviour, build a loving relationship with their child and enjoy their parenting journey.
How can I contact my health visiting team?
By phone: You can call 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.
In person: You can drop into any of the baby clinics or baby hubs across South Gloucestershire. Baby hubs are gradually replacing baby clinics as supportive drop ins that offer families support and information around early parenting.
Keep in touch with the health visiting service in South Gloucestershire through facebook and twitter facebook: fb.me/sgbabyhubs Twitter: @sironababyhubs
For more information: t: 0300 124 5300*
Date of creation: January 2018
Date of review: January 2020