Services for Children

We offer a full range of children’s health services including baby checks, child health checks and immunisations.


 

Baby Checks

All babies have a routine check within the first couple of days of birth by the hospital doctors (or, in the case of a home delivery, by the GP). In addition they are seen at 6-8 weeks of age by the GP for a second general examination, before they have their first immunisations.

Newborn babies are checked by the midwife during their first 2 weeks of life, and after this the health visitors continue monitoring the baby’s development, and providing support to the family. The health visitors also run a drop-in baby clinic on Wednesdays between 9:30 and 11:00am - no appointment necessary, just turn up.


 

Children’s Health Checks

The doctors and health visitors run a programme of regular developmental assessments on all under-fives (the over-fives are monitored by the School Health Service). Your child’s Health Record (the Red Book) has full details on these checks.


 

Childhood Immunisations

Appointments for these are sent out automatically by the local Primary Care Trust, and the vaccines are administered by our practice nurses. If the appointment you are sent is inconvenient please telephone us to rearrange it on (0118) 959 0257.

For the latest information on childhood immunisations please go to NHS Choices. The current (2016) programme of routine vaccinations is as follows:

Age Vaccine
2m 1st diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, haemophilus influenzae B (HiB) + 1st Pneumococcal +1st Rotavirus + 1st Meningitis B
(4 injections in total)
3m 2nd diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, HiB + 1st Meningitis C + 2nd Rotavirus
(3 injections in total)
4m 3rd diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, HiB + 2nd Pneumococcal + 2nd Meningitis B
(3 injections in total)
12m HiB and Meningitis C + 3rd Meningitis B (2 injections)
13m Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
3rd Pneumococcal (2 injections in total)
2y, 3y, 4y,
and school
years 1&2
Annual flu vaccine (as a nasal spray)
4y Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio
2nd MMR (2 injections in total)

Children under 5 years, who missed the meningococcal group C vaccination with their primary vaccinations at 2, 3 and 4 months, are invited to make an extra appointment to see the nurse to have this important vaccination as soon as possible. Children over 12 months need only have a single dose of the vaccine, while those under 12 months need three doses.

Vaccinations for older children (over 5 years) are carried out by the School Health Service, and include further boosters for diphtheria, tetanus and polio, and also (if not already given) meningococcal group C. Further information can be obtained from the School Nurse.