A Health Visitor is a registered nurse or midwife who has done extra training in order to work in the community, promoting health and wellbeing and the prevention of illness. They work closely with GPs, local social services and hospitals to help people who may be ill or disabled, and people whose health may be particularly vulnerable, such as older people, children or people with learning disabilities. They are trained in child health, and can help prepare parents for the impact of a new baby on the family and educate them about caring for very young children.
Health Visitors also provide advice and support on a wide range of health and wellbeing issues; for example, caring for elderly relatives, bereavement, family planning, stress, alcohol and drug issues, HIV/AIDS, menopause and mental health. Their services are free, and your GP surgery can arrange a visit from a health visitor for you.