Health visiting service

COVID-19 service update

Service running via telephone and video calls where possible, with some face-to-face, including:

  • Face to face visits to families with new babies
  • Digital contact antenatally, at 6-8 weeks of age, 1 year and 2 years with face to face visits for vulnerable families
  • Additional ongoing face to face and digital support for children and families as indicated by need
  • ChatHealth service providing ongoing confidential text message support for children and young people aged 11-19
  • Ongoing joint work with schools and others to support families.

ChatHealth provides confidential text message support for children and young people aged 11-19. Click here for advice and links for families

Newborn Screen Hearing Programme: service running as normal in clinics and maternity units.

Children Our health visiting teams work with families, early years and other health colleagues and agencies to support the health and well-being of pre-school children across Dorset.

Health visiting sits within the children and young people’s public health service 0 to 19, alongside school nursing.

The teams comprise health visitors, public health staff nurses and community nursery nurses. As a training trust, we are committed to supporting the training of student nurses and other allied practitioners and so students may accompany us and be present during appointments.

The service provides information, advice and support to pregnant women, expectant fathers and parents/carers of new babies and young children. This advice includes antenatal support, physical and emotional wellbeing of children, the immunisation schedule, parenting support, health and developmental reviews.

We provide services across Dorset, visiting children and families in their home or in community settings. We also provide a digital offer which enables video calling options using the Attend Anywhere platform.

All expectant parents/carers will be offered a visit from a health visitor at around 28- 30 weeks of pregnancy. Parents/carers with babies and children under the age of five who transfer into the area will be invited to access our service.

Click on the relevant section below or use the search for health visiting advice, guidance and information


If you are pleased with the care we offer and think we are doing something well, or would like to suggest improvements to our service, let us know by filling out this form.

If you feel that we have not given you the care you expected or needed, our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help. They can also help if you wish to make a complaint. You normally have about a year to do this*. Making a complaint will not have any adverse effect on your current or future care and treatment.

Please follow this link for further information and the ways in which a complaint can be made

*Under the NHS Complaints Procedure, complaints are usually investigated only if they are made within 12 months of the event


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