Child Health Surveillance

The Surgery provides a comprehensive child health surveillance service including developmental and pre-school checks.

In conjunction with the Health Visitor and your Practice your child should be reviewed at key points and receive vaccinations. Below is a standard example of a child development schedule up to school age.

 

PRE-SCHOOL REVIEWS – CHILD DEVELOPMENT

 

10 – 14 days    -           Visit from Health Visitor to mother and baby.

6 - 8 weeks      -           Medical assessment by Doctor.

8 weeks           -           1st diphtheria / tetanus / polio / whooping cough and HIB vaccination.

12 weeks         -           2nd diphtheria / tetanus / polio / whooping cough and HIB vaccination.

16 weeks         -           3rd diphtheria / tetanus / polio / whooping cough and HIB vaccination.

7 – 9 months   -           Development review by Health Visitor and Doctor.

12 months       -           Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccination by Health Visitor.

24 months       -           Development Review by Health Visitor.

3 Years            -           Development review by Health Visitor and Medical Assessment by Doctor.

3 ½ Years        -           Pre-school booster vaccination.

 

Childhood Immunisations

It is essential for children to be fully immunised and we advise that current Department of Health recommendations should be strictly adhered to.

This means:

  • A full course of three doses of polio, pneumococcal, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, HiB(Meningitis) and meningitis C vaccines monthly from the post-natal visit at two months;
  • Measles mumps and rubella at fourteen months and booster diphtheria, tetanus, and polio at four and fourteen years.
  • In addition, MMR II is given also at the age of four or fourteen.

Bookings for vaccinations and immunisations can be made in the normal way through the appointments system.
Invitations to attend are sent automatically by the Health Authority who maintain the database of childhood immunisation.

Further information can be found on the NHS Immunisations Website