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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.

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 health and immunisations

All new babies need a six-week check with a doctor before having their first immunisations at eight weeks. A six-week check appointment can be made via our reception. Further checks are organised via the health visitors. Please get your baby weighed and measured at the Borehamwood and Elstree Children’s Centre (BECC) just before your baby’s six-week check with us. The health visitors are at the BECC Centre on a Tuesday between 09:30 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 14:30; just drop in. Please take your child’s red book with you. New mums, please remember you also need a separate six-week check with a doctor.

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: