THE number of health visitors is being increased in Havant and Gosport.
The latest intake of people will graduate as qualified health visitors today after training at Tatchbury Mount Hospital, near Southampton.
They will be sent to areas considered the most in need, including Havant and Gosport.
It is part of a government drive, announced in 2010, to recruit an extra 4,200 health visitors by 2015 to bring the national total to 12,292.
The scheme was a pre-election pledge by David Cameron to boost young children’s and families’ health and wellbeing across England.
Health visitors are registered nurses or midwives who undertake further health visiting training and carry out duties such as visiting new mums and giving out health advice and support.