The Health Visiting service is a universally delivered service and works with all families with children under the age of 5 years in Wiltshire.
Health visitors are there to help and support expectant or new mothers and their families with any needs that are impacting upon their health and wellbeing.
Health visitors play an important role in making sure all children have the best start in life. Early experiences, including before birth, can have a profound impact on lifelong health and wellbeing of young children and their families. Health visitors offer evidence based health advice, information, and support to facilitate and empower parents to care for their children.
For more information on Health Visitors, visit the Institute of Health Visiting website.
How do I access the Health Visiting service?
We see all families with children up to the age of 5 years. Families do not have to be referred into the service as we are informed about all families with young children who are born or move into the area – so we will get in touch with you.
You can request to talk to a duty health visitor by calling our Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 247 0090 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
When will I be seen?
Health visitors are there to help and support you and your family with any needs that are impacting upon your health and wellbeing. The six contacts available to all families are:
- An antenatal contact to meet with you (and your partner) between 28 and 36 weeks of pregnancy
- A home visit to complete the new birth visit when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old
- A contact when your baby is between 6 and 8 weeks of age
- A 3 to 4 month maternal mental health review
- A contact before your baby is 1 (usually between 9 and 11 months)
- A contact when your child is 2 years (usually between 27 and 30 months)
Who might my child and I see?
All health visitors are qualified nurses and/or midwives and have specialist training to be able to provide the best support to families with young children. Health visitors are also able to signpost families to other services as your family needs. They will work in partnership with you and your family to decide on the level of support you may require. They also work closely with midwives, practices nurses and GPs and may call on other professionals too.
Health visitors are there to help and support you and your family with any concerns that you have.
Community nursery nurses
Community Nursery Nurses work alongside Health Visitors, offering advice and support around subjects such as: behaviour, sleep, toileting, play and development. You may also see a Community Nursery Nurse for your child’s 27 month developmental review.
Family Nurse Partnership
Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a preventative programme offered to first time mothers, aged 19 and under, who are resident in Wiltshire. For more information on the Family Nurse Partnership, please click here.