Health Visitors are registered general nurses with specialist training in health promotion and illness prevention. Health Visitors are supported by other members of the Community Nursing Team.
What do Health Visitors do?
Health Visitors are concerned with the health of the whole community and can provide support on a one to one or group basis.
Particular issues targeted by Health Visitors are the well being of children, pregnant women and the elderly.
Examples of services provided are:-
- Antenatal Care
- Child Health Clinics
- Health Promotion Clinics
- Men's Health
- Parenthood Education
- Family Planning and Well Women Services
- Adult Screening
- Family Nutrition
- Hospital Aftercare
- Child and Home Accident Prevention
- Bereavement Counselling
- School Health
- Community Development
- Support and Work with Community Groups and Public Health Initiatives
Health Visitors can also help with:-
- Depression and family stress
- Abuse of children and adults
- Addictive Behaviour
- HIV and Aids Counselling
Health Visitors have links with other community, social and voluntary services and can assist clients to contact the relevant services.
Where do Health Visitors provide care?
Health Visitors are based in the local Health Centre or Doctors Surgery and provide care either in the Health Centre, Doctors Surgery or in the clients own home.
When are services provided?
Heath Visitors provide a service from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. but can also arrange to see clients outside these hours if this is more suitable.
How to contact your Health Visitor
Your Health Visitor can be contacted at your Health Centre or Doctors Surgery. You may not be able to speak directly to your Health Visitor when you call, but the reception staff will ask for your name and telephone number and your Health Visitor will call you back.
Any information you give to Health Centre/Doctors Surgery staff will be treated in confidence.
Clients can expect certain standards of service from their Health Visitor.
- Whenever possible Health Visitors will involve the client in decisions about when and how care should be given.
- When the Health Visitor is due to see a client or a member of their family, an appointment time will be arranged to suit the client, if possible, either at home or at the Health Centre/Doctors Surgery.