Your 0-19 Team
Information about the services provided by the Health Visiting and School Nursing teams in Torbay, who works within these teams, and how the service is offered.
0-19 Public Health Nursing Team
We are the Health Visitor and School Nurse teams who offer Community Public Health Nursing from the ante-natal period through to the age of 19 years.
We support families during pregnancy and with a new baby or a child until the age of 19 years. We work with you to support you and your family to be healthy, providing health advice, support, drop in clinics, health checks and screening surveillance. We may work within GP surgeries, community clinics, schools, community settings and people’s homes. Some of our work will be with individual young people and their families, some may be within groups. We work with other agencies such as Children’s Centre staff, GPs, Midwives, Early Years’ settings, Voluntary and Community groups and Children’s Services.
Health Visitors are qualified midwives or nurses with specialist training in Public Health. Someone from our team will contact you when you are pregnant see you and your child for routine health checks and advice until around the time your child starts school. We work with other health professionals and agencies to promote health and wellbeing for the family as part of the Healthy Child Programme 0-5.
School Nurses are qualified nurses who have specialist training in Public Health and offer support to children and their families throughout the school year as part of the Healthy Child Programme 5-19. Some screenings and immunisations are provided through schools. If your child is home educated and you would like some advice from the school nurse, please do contact us.
Public Health Nurses are qualified nurses that work alongside Health Visitors, School Nurses, Community Nursery Nurses.
Community Nursery Nurses have a variety of qualifications and skills in child development and have expertise and knowledge supporting children and families. They work with the Health Visitors, School Nurses and Public health Nurses in the 0-19 service.
Personal Child Health Record Book (also known as the ‘Red Book’)
Your child’s red book is usually given to you when you meet your Health Visitor at your Antenatal contact.
It is a personal record of your child’s health, growth and development.
You can record important milestones relating to your child’s growth or anything you wish to remember, such as advice you have been given by your health professional.
We ask you to keep it safe and bring it with you when you see health professionals with, or about your child.
Team midwives operate in Torquay (Riviera Team), Torquay & Paignton (Coastal Team), Paignton, Brixham, Totnes & Dartmouth (Waterside Team), Newton Abbot, Ashburton & Buckfastleigh (Torview Team), Teignmouth, Dawlish, Kingsteignton, Chudleigh, Bovey Tracey & Moretonhampstead (Templer Team).
Meridian Team Midwives are based in the Maternity Unit. They provide continuing midwifery care for you should you need extra care. They are also available should your midwives not be or if you live in Kingsbridge, Ivybridge or Salcombe.
For further information, please see our Maternity Services pages.
The NHS Choices’ ‘Your pregnancy and baby guide‘ is an excellent resource for antenatal information.
We also have a number of maternity related information videos available.
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