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MDT Health Visitors and District Nurses

General Practice Health Visitors and District Nurses

Health Visitors and District Nurses are part of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) within a GP practice.

District Nurses

District Nurses in a GP practice work with any adult who has an identified healthcare need requiring nursing support. Patients can be referred to the District Nursing Service if they require a nursing assessment and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Unable to leave home due to mental or physical illness.

  • Have a nursing need which makes a home visit more appropriate.

  • Have been identified as having specific nursing equipment prescribed for home use.

  • Have been identified as palliative or require assessment of end of life care needs.

Health Visitors

The Health Visiting service is a universal home visiting service which delivers the  child health promotion programme for Northern Ireland.

Health visitors are registered Nurses / Midwives who have additional training in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

The service delivers a programme of care to promote and protect the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through a family centred approach for all preschool children.