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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. Mum will also get a postnatal check at this 6 week appointment.

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

One of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is to make sure that they have all their routine childhood vaccinations. It’s the most effective way of keeping them protected against infectious diseases.

Ideally, children should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection. Find out which jabs your child needs, when they need them, and what the benefits of each jab are. Please call the surgery to make an appointment.

School Aged Immunisation Service

Parents wishing to make enquiries about vaccination schedules in schools, to get advice about the vaccination programmes or to book an appointment for missed immunisations is:

  • Duty Line for professionals/GP’s  – 01727 732063
  • Secondary school children – 01727 732062
  • Primary school children (flu programme) – 01462 341173
  • Email : [email protected]

Primary School Age:  Immunisations delivered by Vaccinations UK.
Telephone: 01462 341173.

Childhood Flu Programme: Reception to Year 6 pupils – children and young people in special educational needs up to their 18th birthday.

Secondary School Age: Immunisations delivered by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust School Aged Immunisation team (SAIS).

September 2019 HPV Programme: School Year 8, boys and girls. Girls only in school Years 9 and above followed up in subsequent school year for incomplete vaccinations. There is currently no catch up for boys.

Men ACWY and DTP Programme: School Year 9 and followed up in subsequent school years for incomplete vaccinations.

Any school aged child requiring MMR please call 01727 732062 to make an appointment. If you are unsure about your child’s vaccination status please contact your GP or call the helpline for advice.

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: