Having a baby is a happy and exciting time and we hope you will enjoy having a new addition to your family. There are bound to be times when you are concerned about the health of your baby (or other family members). Don’t worry, we are here to help you and this information is intended to guide you on how to get the most appropriate care.
If you think your baby is unwell and needs medical attention, please contact the surgery. Our receptionists will always make sure that a sick baby is seen by a doctor without undue delay. If the surgery is closed you should phone 111 – they will be able to give you advice and, if necessary, arrange for someone to see your baby.
It is usually better to get advice from a GP at the surgery (or at the out-of-hours centre) than to go to the Accident & Emergency Departments at the hospital (However, if your child has had an accident and may have broken a bone or has a wound that my need suturing, or if your child appears to be very seriously ill (eg having reduced consciousness or severe breathing difficulties) then a trip to A&E might be appropriate
Register your baby with the surgery
You will need to call at the surgery to register your baby with the practice. Please bring the baby’s birth certificate and their NHS number which we need to complete the registration. This is important so that they are on our system if you do need to see a Doctor.
New Baby Check
We like to examine babies when they are about 6 weeks old to make sure they are thriving before they start to receive immunisations. You will need to make an appointment for a Development Check with the doctor and for your post-natal check. This will be done in the same appointment and will last 30 minutes.
When your baby is 8 weeks old he (or she) will need protection from infectious diseases such as diphtheria, polio, whooping cough, tetanus and meningitis. You will need to make an appointment when your child is 8 weeks or over in our baby clinics. They cannot be given before 8 weeks. Please note parental consent must be given at the time of the administration of the vaccine, if the parent is unable to bring the child for their vaccinations then we will require written consent to give the vaccine.
Please click on link to see The routine immunisation schedule
Gov.uk Immunisation Schedule updated Summer 2016
Health visitors are nurses who have additional training in childcare. They are able to advise you if you have concerns about feeding your baby, child development, behaviour problems or other childhood issues. The Health Visitors Duty line is 01189 495132 9am -5pm
We hold regular monthly child health clinics on the second Tuesdays between 2 and 3 pm at the surgery with the Health Visitor. This is a good opportunity to ask about any problems or to have your child weighed.