Health visiting

Our health visiting service provides information, advice and support to pregnant women, expectant fathers and parents of new babies and young children.

Health visitors are specialists in nursing and/or midwifery. They work with parents and families to ensure the physical and emotional wellbeing of children up to the age of five, covering antenatal support, immunisation, parenting support, health checks and development reviews.

We provide services across Dorset, seeing people at home as well as at GP surgeries, children’s centres and local community clinics or health centres. Group sessions – such as parenting advice, baby massage and under 1s groups – are also available in a range of community settings.

Our teams liaise closely with GPs and other children’s services, and can put people in touch with other agencies if more specialist support is required.

All pregnant women will receive a visit from a health visitor from 30 weeks of pregnancy. Parents with babies and children under the age of five who transfer into the area and/or change their GP will be contacted by a member of the team soon after registering with a GP.

If you need to speak to your health visitor outside of the routine checks, or want to find out more about what support is available in your area, please get in touch.

  • Leaflets
  • Self-referral by phone or letter



Contact information

Health Visiting locality office for Bournemouth:
  • 01202 584358
  • Monday to Thursday 09.00 - 13.30 and Friday 09.00 - 12.30
Health Visiting locality office for Poole:
  • 01202 584359
  • Monday to Thursday 09.00 - 14.00 and Friday 09.00 - 13.00
Children and Families Administration office:
  • 01202 584335
  • Monday to Friday 09.00 - 16.30

If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message and someone will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Access to Health Visiting teams is Monday to Friday, 09.00 - 17.00 excluding public holidays.

Referrals to the Health Visiting Service can be made direct to the child/families Health Visiting team by telephone or letter.

Newborn hearing screening

The newborn hearing screening test helps to identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible. This means parents can get the support and advice they need right from the start. Ideally, the test is done in the first four to five weeks, but it can be done at up to three months of age.

You will be offered a screen at a home visit by your health visitor. Alternatively, your baby may be screened in hospital if he or she has an extended stay in the special care nursery.

For more information please go to www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/newborn-hearing-test.aspx

You can also contact your health visitor or call the Dorset Newborn Hearing Screening Service direct on 01202 443839.

Locations

Health Visiting (Bere Regis - Wareham Health Centre)

Streche Road,
BH20 4PG

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Bournemouth - Boscombe, Shelley Manor)

Beechwood road,
Bournemouth,
BH51LX

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Opening times: Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 17.00

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Health Visiting (Bovington - Wellbridge Practice Wool Surgery)

01929 401263
Wellbridge Practice,
Wool Surgery,
BH20 6DR

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00

Health Visiting (Bovington)

Health Visiting (Bransgore - Bransgore Medical Center)

Ringwood Road,
Bransgore,
BH23 8AD

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Christchurch - Bransgore Medical Center)

Ringwood Road,
Bransgore,
BH23 8AD

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Christchurch - Stour And Grove, Flaghead Unit)

01202 858162
Tasman Close,
BH23 2TR

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Christchurch West Children's Centre - Purewell)

27 The High Street,
BH23 1AJ

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Manager: Deborah Brewer

WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-5.00

Health Visiting (Purewell)

Health Visiting (Corfe Castle - Wareham Health Centre)

Streche Road,
BH20 4PG

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00

Health Visiting (Corfe Castle)

Health Visiting (Ferndown - Corbin Avenue Surgery)

Corbin Avenue,
Ferndown,
BH22 8AZ

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00

Health Visiting (Ferndown)

Health Visiting (Highcliffe - Bransgore Medical Center)

Ringwood Road,
Bransgore,
BH23 8AD

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00

Health Visiting (Highcliffe)

Health Visiting (North Dorset) Blandford Community Hospital

Milldown Road,
DT11 7DD

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Manager: Fiona Dodds

WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Health Visiting (North Dorset)

Health Visiting (Sandford - Wareham Health Centre)

Streche Road,
BH20 4PG

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Swanage - Swanage Medical Practice)

Station Approach,
BH19 1HB

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Verwood - Lake Road Surgery)

01202 828718
129 Newtown Road,
BH31 6EH

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-5.00

Health Visiting (Lake Rd & SixPenny Handley)

Health Visiting (Verwood - Verwood Surgery and Children's Centre)

15 Station Road,
BH31 7PY

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Walford Mill - Walford Mill Surgery)

Walford Mill Medical Centre,
Knobcrook Road,
BH21 1NL

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Wimborne - Rushmoor House)

67-71 Church Road,
Wimborne Minster,
BH21 6RQ

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Wimborne Minster - Quarter Jack Surgery)

Rodways Corner,
Town Centre,
BH21 1AP

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


Health Visiting (Winton - Winton Health Centre)

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1st Floor,
31 Alma Road,
BH9 1BP

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No


Health Visiting (Wool - Wellbridge Practice)

01929 401263
Wellbridge Practice,
Wool Surgery,
BH20 6DR

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

Open Hours: 9.00-17.00


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