Your Health Visiting Service is accredited under the Unicef baby-friendly initiative, which means we have achieved rigorously assessed, quality standards for providing support to all parents for responsive parenting.
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.
To see our latest Baby & Toddler Hub schedule please click here.
For advice on guidance on feeding your baby, please click here.
Please click here to download our ‘Essential guide to feeding and caring for your baby’.
More useful links here.
Somer Valley Health Visitors – Change of Baby & Toddler Hub
The Baby & Toddler Hub at Radstock Children’s Centre will be cancelled on Thursday 14th July and as of Thursday 21st July, will be weekly at their new venue:
Hope House Centre, 10 Waterloo Road, Radstock BA3 3EP
It runs from 9.30 – 11.00am.
Somer Valley Health Visitors 01761 408358
New Baby & Toddler Hub
We have a new Baby & Toddler Hub starting on Wednesday 1st June at The Hub, Mulberry Park, Bath BA2 5BU. It runs weekly from 11.30am – 1.00pm. Drop in at any time. A chance to talk to a HV and meet other parents. For more information, please contact Bath South Health Visitors 01225 831694.
Community Hub Update
The BANES Health Visiting Service is delighted to welcome you to the Baby and Toddler drop-in Hubs from March 14th 2022.
The Hubs provide an opportunity for you to meet with a member of the Health Visiting team for advice and support.
Please bear with us as we are expecting the Hubs to be busy during the first few months and you may need to wait to be seen.
Whilst Covid restrictions have been relaxed, healthcare settings, including the Hubs, are still required to adhere to the guidance of wearing a face mask/covering; hand sanitation; and social distancing. On arrival at the Hub a member of the team will be available to greet you and run through the guidance. Please do not attend if you are showing any Covid symptoms or if you or your child are unwell.
Please remember to bring your child’s red book with you.
Please also find a list of low cost BANES Baby and Toddler groups, on the Maternity Voices Partnership Padlet by clicking here
Uptake of most routine childhood vaccinations has been declining over the past 5 to 10 years. It is extremely important that all babies and children receive their routine vaccinations at the right time in order to give them the best start in life.
Diseases like smallpox and polio have been eradicated in the UK thanks to vaccines.
The MMR vaccine protects against three infections: measles, mumps and rubella. One in 10 children under the age of 5 in England haven’t had one or both of their MMR vaccines which means that measles importations could lead to outbreaks.
Measles can infect around 9 out of 10 non-immune (those who are unvaccinated or have not previously been infected with the measles virus) people exposed to it and can lead to serious complications. The MMR vaccine is the safest and most effective way for parents and guardians to protect their children against measles, mumps and rubella.
Find out more here
Healthy Start Vouchers
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The Institute of Health Visiting has produced some really useful advice on parenting through Coronavirus. They have also produced a guidance document regarding your baby’s 6-8 week GP review during lock down.
NHS England has produced a leaflet on illness and coronavirus in newborn babies:
Bath & North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) Maternity Voices Partnership Plus are interested in your honest opinions so that you can continue to influence the improvement of our maternity services across the region.
Take the survey here – https://www.bswmaternityvoices.org.uk/survey/
There is some useful information on this website.
More about us
We see all children (0-5 years) and their families who are residents in the Bath and North East Somerset area.
Some of these services are not available or have changed due to COVID 19. You can expect to receive support from your Health Visitor from birth through to when your child is 5 years old or enters school which includes:
- 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. This is currently not available.
- 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. These are currently being offered virtually via video/telephone.
- 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.
- A 6-8 week visit. At 6-8 weeks your Health Visitor will arrange to see you face to face to find out how you are feeling as new parents and support you with any questions.
- Next Steps Group – when your baby is 3-4 months old you will be invited to a virtual group. This is a live presentation covering topics such as home safety, oral health and introduction to solids.
- Weekly baby & toddler hubs. Baby & toddler 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.
- Development reviews. These are a chance to discuss the development of your child with your Health Visitor. Development reviews take place at 9-12 months and 2 – 2.5 years.
If you want to look to see how your baby is developing we have some useful websites for you to look at here.
What can I talk to my Health Visitor about?
With your Health Visitor, you are able to share thoughts, feelings and experiences about being a parent health Visitors have the professional experience to support you through any worries you may have. At the hubs, you can also chat with other parents in a relaxed play environment for your baby. The Health Visiting Team may be able to support you:
- 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, discussing housing concerns, domestic abuse or child abuse
We work with other professionals and practitioners to support you getting additional expert help if you need it. We can also signpost you to 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 Centre’s to promote family activities which help build a strong bond with your child. Children’s Centre’s offer a range of services, advice and support for Parents and Carers.
How do I access this service?
By phone: You can call your Health Visiting team at any time during office hours (9am – 5pm). All teams have an answering 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 & toddler hubs across Bath & North East Somerset – See above.
If you would like any support or advice about the health and wellbeing for your child or yourself from your Health Visitor please contact your local Health Visiting Team whose details are below and also in your child’s red book
Parkside Team: 01225 831829
Bath South Team : 01225 831694
Keynsham Team: 0117 9461076
Chew Valley Team: 01225 613887
Somer Valley Team: 01761 408358
Learn more about the HANDi app here – a local app providing expert advice on common childhood illnesses.
“There's lots of different toys for the children to play with very friendly and helpful staff and other mothers to talk to.”