Your Doctor and Health Visitor are available to discuss any of your baby’s problems.
If you child is ill please make a normal appointment with a GP.
Child Health Checks
Checks should be performed:
- 10 – 14 Days
- 6 – 8 weeks
- Under 1 year
- 2½ years
Checks should be performed by the School Nursing Service once your child starts Nursery.
Please see the NHS Start4Life website for more information regarding early years health.
Routine vaccinations are carried out by the practice nurses at 8, 12 and 16 weeks, 1 year, 3 years and 4 months, 12-13 years (girls only), and 14 years (the meningitis vaccine is also offered to new university students aged 19-25).
If you have one, please bring your child’s “Personal Child Health Record” (Red Book) to the each vaccination appointment.
You can find more information regarding childhood vaccines and create a personalised vaccination timeline for your baby or child on The NHS Website.
Children’s Flu Vaccine
The children’s flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
During the 2018/19 flu season the vaccine will be available to children aged 2 and 3 at the practice, it will usually be given by a practice nurse.
Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2018. These children can also receive their vaccination at the practice.
Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school.
All children aged 2 to 17 who have a long-term health condition, such as asthma or diabetes, may also receive a flu vaccine at the practice.
Children aged 2 to 17 will usually receive the vaccine in the form of a nasal spray called Fluenz, however if your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not suitable for children under 2.
You can find more information regarding children’s flu vaccinations on The NHS Website.
Children’s Blood Tests
If your child needs a blood test you will need to book a double appointment (14 min) with the Phlebotomist.
To prepare your child for their appointment, you should apply a topical anaesthetic cream called EMLA to the inside both arms 30min before their appointment.
You can request a prescription for EMLA cream for your child at any of our sites without a consultation with a doctor. Please note, all prescription requests will take 2 working days to process. If needed urgently, you may be able to purchase EMLA cream over the counter – please discuss this with your pharmacist.