Child Health Checks

Health Visitors

You can normally see the Health Visitors at their drop-in clinic; for further information please contact the Practice.

Health Visitors are all trained Nurses who have extra training and qualifications in child health.They are a fantastic source of information about child development and health, parenting strategies, breastfeeding, nutrition and community support. They also offer help with social, emotional and environmental issues that affect families.

Child health checks

Please do not bring ill children to this clinic.

Appointments are sent out automatically by the local health authority for routine child health checks.

The first will be with a GP at the Surgery when your baby is around 6 weeks old. You will be sent information about this and asked to make an appointment at your local Clinic or Practice.

You will also be offered routine health reviews for your child, with your Health Visitor, at 6-8 weeks, 8-12 months and 2-2½ years old.

Please ensure you attend these appointments to ensure your child is immunised and protected.

Child immunisations

Childhood immunisations are administered in the Nurses’ clinics. Currently they are given to babies at 2, 3, 4, 12, and 13 months and to preschool children between the ages of 3 and 5. However, some immunisations may be given at the hospital soon after birth or at school accordance with the NHS vaccine schedule.

Please remember to respond to our reminder letters when a vaccination is due. If you have any worries or concerns about the immunisations, please speak to your doctor or nurse who will be happy to discuss this with you.

When to immunise

Different vaccines are given at different ages to protect you and your child. Find out when these vaccinations are offered, and when and where they’ll be given:

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