Baby checks, for both mother and baby, are carried out by one of the GPs six weeks after the birth of your baby. Your child’s first immunisations are normally given by the practice nurse at a Post Natal appointment at 8 weeks after the birth of your baby. Immunisations after that are generally also given by the nurse.
You can find out more about your child’s immunisations by clicking here. Please remember to always bring your child’s red book to the appointment.
Child Health Surveillance
The doctors and health visitors carry out 8 month and 3 1/4 checks on Wednesday afternoons. The health visitors will send an appointment when the check is due.
The health visitors’ job is to help people stay healthy and to advise on prevention of illness. Health visitors are qualified nurses who have done extra training in childcare and development, and health promotion. All pregnant women and families with young children have a named health visitor; but they are also available to patients of all ages, and can advise on a wide range of social and health topics.
They can be contacted in their office at the Surrey Docks health centre, Monday – Friday between 09.30 and 16.30 – telephone: 0203 049 7414.
Well Baby Clinic
Wednesdays from 13:00 – 14:30 – no appointment needed.
There is a good guide on the NHS website which describes various conditions affecting children. There is advice on how to diagnose them, how to treat them and if further advice should be consulted.
When Should I Worry?
Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control. This booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy.