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.
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Health Visiting Hub-based community appointments to increase
Throughout the pandemic,HCRG Care Group has continued running services – agreeing with families the most appropriate way to deliver care while minimising risk to vulnerable patients. With the easing of lockdown restrictions, health visitors in B&NES are pleased to be able to increase the number of hub based community appointments available across Bath and North East Somerset.
Pre-bookable appointments are available in Bath West, Bath Central, Radstock, Paulton, Keynsham and Chew Valley. 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 are also in your child’s red book
Parkside Team: 01225 831829
St. Martin’s Garden Team: 01225 831844
Keynsham Team: 0117 9461076
Chew Valley Team: 01225 613887
Twerton and Moorland Team: 01225 831694
Somer Valley West (Paulton) Team: 01761 408358
Somer Valley East (Radstock): 01225 395431
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:
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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 running.
- 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 done 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 wil be invited to a virtual group. This is a live presentation covering areas such as safety, oral health, Introduction to Solids, Choking/gagging, further support groups and a chance to ask questions.
- 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, without making an appointment. Pre-bookable appointments are available in Bath West, Bath Central, Radstock, Paulton, Keynsham and Chew Valley.
- 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 9-12 months and 2 – 2.5 years. Some of these reviews are being done virtually
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 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.
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 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.
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.”