Health Visitors are nurses or midwives who are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing illness. They work with pregnant women through to a child’s fifth birthday. Their role is to help families adjust to being new parents, and provide information and reassurance to support a baby or young child’s health, wellbeing and development.
Health visitors can help and support you to make healthy choices for yourself and your family. Health Visitors are based locally and visit families at home or through a clinic.
During the first few years parents or carers will be invited to see a member of the health visiting team to check that their child is meeting their developmental milestones – we call these core contacts.
The Health Visitors offer a minimum of 5 core contacts within the first 5 years. Families will routinely be offered the following appointments either face to face or over the phone:
Antenatal (whilst you are pregnant)
New birth (usually between 10-14 days)
6-8 week review
9-12 month review
2-2.5 year review
If you need support outside of these key stages you can contact your health visitor and request additional contact.
East Mendip Health Visiting Team are also available for a drop-in session, located in The Elliott Building, Frome Town Hall, every Wednesday from 1pm-2:30pm. This is a friendly and fun session so that parents and carers can access health advice, meet others, weigh their baby and play.
Other things they can help with
- Infant feeding and breastfeeding advice
- Child development
- Healthy weight and physical activity
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Parenting and local support groups
How to contact the Health Visitors in Frome:
Health Visitors are available Monday- Friday 9am – 5pm
You can call 0300 323 0118 to speak to a Duty Health Visitor or to book an appointment.
You can also use our free Under 5’s texting service Chat Health by sending a Text Message to 07480 635514
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If you would like to find out more please visit The role of a health visitor (somerset.gov.uk)