More health visitors needed in Hampshire

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MORE than 180 extra health visitors are being recruited to support families in the region.

South Central strategic health authority – which covers the Portsmouth area – wants to support families with children under five with a dedicated health visitor.

The service is being expanded and modernised to support parents and children.

Clare Messenger, associate director of children and young people at the South Central strategic health authority, said: ‘Health visitors offer free advice and invaluable support to parents when they don’t know where to turn for help or just really need some reassurance.’

Nationally around 4,200 extra health visitors need to be recruited by 2015.

South Central is looking to employ around 180 extra workers and is seeking qualified nurses, midwives or student nurses.

They will begin specialist training this September.

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