Public Health Nursing

The Public Health Nursing Service provide a Health Visiting and School Nursing service across Devon.

We deliver child and family health services, provide ongoing additional services for vulnerable children and families and contribute to multidisciplinary services in safeguarding and protecting children.

Relationships and sexual health in pregnancy

It is normal to have queries about your sexual health during and after pregnancy. Some people also experience strains in relationships with those around them.

The Public Health Nursing Team are able to offer information, advice and signposting in regard to any sexual health concerns.

For example, at the new birth contact (10-14 days after birth) your Health Visitor may discuss and give you advice on postnatal contraception.

Your Public Health Nursing Team can also help with managing relationships, particularly in regard to unhealthy/abusive relationships.

Sexual health in young people

We operate a drop in and/or appointment service for young people in most secondary education provisions, which includes giving advice on:

  • Choices and delaying sex
  • Safe sex
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing and options
  • Chlamydia testing
  • Gender (LGBT)/homophobic issues/concerns
  • Condoms via ‘C-card’ – see more about ‘C-card’ in the  links to the right of this page.

It is important to understand consent in relationships  – read more on the Brook website.

Your Public Health Nursing Team can also help with managing relationships, particularly in regard to unhealthy/abusive relationships.

If you are looking for sexual health advice for children and young people with disabilities, click here.

What happens next?

You can find out more about contraception from a Midwife, Nurse or Doctor in hospital or from your Midwife or Health Visitor at home.

You (and your partner) can also visit your GP practice or a contraception or sexual health clinic.

If you are school-aged, please speak to your School Nurse, GP, local pharmacist or a sexual health clinic. You can also visit Young Devon or a sexual health clinic.

Find details of your local sexual health clinic below:

Exeter; East Devon; Mid-Devon; North Devon

South Devon

West Devon