Child Health

Child Health Monitoring

All doctors work closely with the health visitors.

The health visitor will contact you to arrange a visit between 10 and 17 days after the birth of your baby. She will then follow up at 6-12 weeks. After that she will invite you to attend the baby clinic for weighing and to talk over any concerns you may have.

For information regarding these clinics please contact the Health Visitor on 023 922 400 77.

Development checks will be carried out when your child is 1 year old and again at 2 years old.

Child Health & Baby Clinic

This clinic is run by our Practice Nurses.

The aim is to keep a regular check on your baby’s progress, to offer
advice and assistance when needed, and to administer necessary immunisations.

Postnatal Care

Postnatal care extends for between 6-8 weeks after the birth of your baby. During this period, routine checks are carried out by the health visitor and you and your baby's progress is monitored.

During your postnatal care you will find out about feeding, potty training, illnesses, safety and more. You will be able to ask your health visitor questions and request advice.

External Sites:

Birth to 5 years old guide - NHS Choices

Breastfeeding Guide - NHS Choices

Information and support - NetMums

Support for new mum's - NCT

Videos from NHS Choices

Busy mums talk about how they fit exercise into life with a newborn baby and experts explain what's safe and what's not after you've given birth.

Development Checks

We provide child development checks in association with our Health Visitors. We will notify you of any checks that your child is due under this programme. Children will normally be invited for assessment at:

  • 6 weeks
  • 8 - 10 months
  • 3 years 6 months

Childhood Immunisation

We strongly recommend that all children are immunised according to the nationally recommended standard schedule. Please do not bring ill children to these clinics.

The current child immunisation schedule is:

Two months old
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio vaccine and Hib (DTaP/IPV/Hib) as one injection
Pneumoccocal (PCV)

Three months old
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio vaccine and Hib (DTaP/IPV/Hib) as one injection
Meningitis C (MenC)

Four months old
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio vaccine and Hib (DTaP/IPV/Hib) as one injection
Pneumoccocal (PCV) 
Meningitis C (MenC)

At around 12 months - 13 months 
Pneumococcal booster, one injection, Hib and meningitis C one injection, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles) (MMR)  one injection.

3 - 5 years (pre-school)
Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, inactivated polio vaccine (DTaP/IPV) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles) (MMR)

These are the current national recommendations, but may be changed from time to time.

For further information on MMR visit NHS Choices.

NHS Immunisation Information for more information on childhood immunisation.

Post Vaccination Advice