Health Visitors Team

Health Visitors are qualified nurses who have done further training specialising in the health and development of young children and in the support of their families. The Health Visiting team offer support to families with children up to the age of 5years with the following contacts offered to all:

  • Antenatal contact
  • New birth visit between 11-14 days after your baby is born
  • 6-8 week contact after a baby is born
  • 10-12 month development review
  • 2-2 and a half year development review

They can also see you at other times if you need their advice and support and may suggest extra contacts to you if they think this would be helpful. You may be seen at home or in a clinic setting.

The aims of the Public Health Nursing Health Visiting and School nursing teams are:

  • To promote health within all families.
  • To provide support, advice and guidance in all aspects of emotional, mental and physical health
  • To recognise and identify areas of need within the community
  • To provide support to families during periods of stress and ill health
  • To work alongside other professionals and agencies in a variety of different settings.

The Health Visitor runs a monthly clinic in Lyme Regis at Woodsmead hall, Hill Rd, Lyme Regis  on the 1st Wednesday of the month 2-3pm where they can also offer help and advice and answer any questions or concerns you may have. There is also a weekly clinic running at Bridport children’s centre, Skilling Hill Rd, Bridport  on Thursdays 1.30 – 3pm. These are both ‘drop ins’ so no appointment is necessary and you are welcome to attend either. For a full list of clinics available in West Dorset please contact the administration hub on 01305 361071.

 The Health Visiting team for Lyme Regis is based at Bridport medical centre and consists of Health Visitors, Public Health Staff Nurses and Community Nursery Nurses. There is a named Health Visitor who works  in Lyme Regis however you may be seen by other members of the team depending on the nature of the contact. There is also a Duty health visitor available between 9am and 4.45pm who can give telephone advice.  To contact them please call the hub number  below and you will be redirected through to the Duty Health visitor.

 To contact the Health Visiting team please call the Health Visiting West administration hub on 01305 361071.

Public Health Team ( School Nursing)

 

This team consists of one  Public Health Staff Nurse and Public Health Nursery Nurse

The aims of the Public Health Nursing team are:

  • To promote health within all families.
  • To provide support, advice and guidance in all aspects of emotional, mental and physical health
  • To recognise and identify areas of need within the community
  • To provide support to families during periods of stress and ill health
  • To work alongside other professionals and agencies in a variety of different settings.

The Public Health Nursing Team ( School Nursing) offer this support through the Universal Healthy Child programme which includes:

  • Reception Class health review, Audiology screen and Height and Weight measurements under the National Child Measurement Programme
  • Year 6  height and weight measurements under the National Child Measurement Programme

The school nursing service covers five primary schools and one secondary school within  Lyme Regis, Uplyme, Marshwood, Thorncombe and Charmouth, as well as schools in Bridport and Beaminster, where advice, support, referrals and signposting, to other appropriate services, is offered to school age children and their parents/carers  as well as drop-in clinics at the primary schools for parents, carers and school staff. Request for Support forms can be sent to the School Nursing service by any schools, and other services/agencies if support, advice or appointments are required with a School Nurse for a young person from year 7 and up or contact is needed with a parent/carer.

The School Nursing service also delivers-

a ChatHealth anonymous texting service for young people from ages 11 – 19

School staff training for delivering emergency medication to children diagnosed with epilepsy or anaphylaxis

Enuresis clinics (night time wetting) for children of 7yrs and older, with provision of an enuresis alarm and ongoing support for the child/young person and their parents/carers

Specific support to individual schools if a need is identified through information gathered on School Health Profiles.

School Nurse telephone number –  01305 361094  (Option 2)