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Health Visiting 

Health Visiting

In becoming a new parent you will find that you will have quite a lot of contact with your health visitor. Your health visitor is there to help you tackle any concerns and questions that you have about your baby and how to deal with a variety of situations that you may not necessarily feel equipped for.

News and Information updates 

July  2015   Guidance: What to expect after vaccinations - advice treating fever occurring after the MenB vaccination  

March  2015    2014 list of most popular baby names in South Devon

March  2015     Primary and nursery school at South Devon alert to new cases of scarlet fever

February 2015    National increase in scarlet fever - commonly asked questions and answers

February 2015    Factsheet for parents: the role of Health Visitors and School Nurses

February 2015    Drowning in baths a risk for young children warns PHE 

January   2015    Are you aware of what immunisations a premature baby should have?

What does the health visiting team do?

The health visiting team is a specialist branch of nursing which consists of health visitors, and community nursery nurses. Your health visiting team is there to help you learn about being a parent, and supports you in your job of raising a child.

When will I meet my health visitor?

It is quite likely that you will first meet with your health visitor towards the end of your pregnancy and visits will continue up until your child is five years old.

Watch this video to see what a health visitor does

Follow this link to learn more about your child's general development

Aim of the health visiting team 

"The aim of the health visiting service is to provide health development and parenting for "all families, all of the time" visiting children 0-5 years."

For some parents, the early years of a child's life though satisfying and rewarding, can also be challenging and frustrating. This is where your health visitor is there to help you.

Health visitors provide a positive start for every family, offering additional support when they are in need of help.

Take a look at the From Birth to Five Years guide which has become a widely recognised and invaluable reference for new mothers and professionals.

Contact details for Torbay's health visiting teams


Midvale Clinic
01803 522762


Brixham Hospital
01803 881399


Torquay North - TQ1 4HY
Torquay South - TQ1 3YA
01803 328834 / 01803 219810 

Antenatal Contact New Birth Visit Hearing Screening
Maternal Mental Health Baby 6-8 Week Check Immunisations, Treating Illnesses and Injuries
Healthy Child Programme 1 & 2 1/2 Year Reviews Teething
Transfer to School Nurse Service Torbay Children's Centres Toileting
Breast and Bottle feeding Premature Babies Dermatology and Allergies
Weaning Sleep Play and Development
Portage Dealing with Difficult Behaviour Benefits

Transfer to School Services

When your child starts school your health visiting team will hand over your child's care to the school nursing service.

Each school in Torbay has a named school nurse who visits the school on a regular basis. See the list of Torbay Schools.

The first day at school can be stressful and daunting as a parent, however, with a little bit of preparation it can be easier to cope. Further information is available on NHS Choices.

Hiblio TV

Torbay Hospital is pleased to introduce Hiblio, its new digital health TV service. Hiblio is working with the NHS and leading health charities to bring 1000s of trusted health awareness films to a central location.

Hiblio is about making information convenient and accessible for all, to wherever you are, straight to your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Hiblio covers the spectrum of public health areas including dementia, pregnancy, health living, and nutrition.

Social Media and News updates

NEWSFLASH! The NHS has joined Twitter and Facebook! So, what do we do? We share valuable information about our services. Which includes:

  • engaging with our followers
  • sharing the latest information gathered around a variety of health topics
  • sharing advice and links on major health stories in the news
  • giving you the opportunity to give us feedback and pointing you in the right direction to get your opinions heard.

Please note that we do not however, give advice, information or provide any individual assessments via social media.  


Health visitors careers information

The following information gives an overview of the role of a health visitor and all the duties they would be expected to perform in role including first hand accounts, real life stories and what skills and qualifications you would require to do the job.

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