Child Health

The majority of childhood illnesses are dealt with in routine appointments. Childhood immunisations are undertaken by our Practice Nurses on a Wednesday afternoon by appointment.

KOOTH is an online mental wellbeing community for young people aged 11 to 18. On their website, you’ll find a discussion board where you can start or join conversations with other young people, there’s a daily journal and you can chat with a member of the Kooth team for help and advice on anything that’s troubling you. For more information, please click here There are also links for urgent support if you feel you need to speak to a professional quickly.

The Early Help Hub is an organisation offering help and support to children up to the age of 18 (or 25 where young people have special education needs or a disability) The team at the Hub work to identify problems and facilitate the right support for families, children and young people. Requests for help are triaged by the team from the Integrated Health and Children’s Service. They decide which Early Help Service best meets the needs identified and the referral is allocated to the appropriate team within 48 hours. Families can self-refer to the team – 01872 322277 or complete an online form here
Additional information can be found Early help hub leaflet here

Childhood Immunisations
Important information for Parents of Children under the age of 5 years
The invitations for your child’s vaccinations come via a central Childhood Immunisation Team. They will alert you to your child being due for a vaccination, for example, MMR, preschool booster etc.
The childhood immunisation team are stipulating quite vociferously now that immunisations cannot, under any circumstances, be given earlier than they are due – even where this might be one or two days before the ‘due date’.
So, if your child is due to have a preschool booster, this cannot be given until your child reaches at the very earliest 3 years and 4 months of age – and it should be given before your child reaches the age of 5. And bear in mind,
the date of 3 yrs and 4 months, is exactly 3 yrs and 4 months, not 3 yrs, 3 months, 29 days!!

The nurse will check the dates when you arrive, but bear in mind, if the appointment is early, we will have no alternative but to rebook the appointment. We know that this will be a huge inconvenience, but our hands are tied and
this is a direct instruction from the Childhood Immunisation Team. We are grateful to you for your co-operation.
For a complete list of immunisations offered to children under the age of 15, please see our leaflet Childhood Imms Schedule Feb 2022 here