INFORMATION FOR NEW PARENTS
Congratulations on the recent birth of your baby.
Over the coming weeks you will find yourself settling into a very new routine with your baby. This is a very exciting time but can also be very challenging and difficult. We are fully aware of this and want to support you as much as possible and we hope you find the following information useful.
Your health care team:
HEALTH VISITOR: Phone: 020 7683 4695
Your health visitor takes over the care of both you and your baby from the midwife. They are a registered nurse whose role is to help families, especially those with young children. The health visitor will do a ‘new birth home visit’ usually between 10-14 days after the birth where she will check your baby’s health and development and can give you advice on feeding, sleeping and any other queries. Please contact her if you have any worries or concerns about you or your baby.
GP: Phone 0208 986 7111
Please be sure to register baby with the GP as soon as possible after the birth.
If you have any routine concerns or questions then please come to the Baby Clinic.
If you have any more urgent concerns or your child is unwell then there is an emergency doctor available to speak to on the phone every day. This duty doctor can give telephone advice but also put you in touch with appropriate professionals or arrange an appropriate appointment with a GP or nurse at the practice. Please make it clear to reception when you call that you would like to speak to the duty doctor.
Please ensure that you bring your baby’s red book records (‘red’ book given to you by the health visitor) with you when you attend any appointment for your baby or child. Don’t forget to bring a clean nappy. Your baby’s red book has important information about which immunisations your baby will be offered, and other health information.
YOUR 6-8 WEEK CHECKS
Six to eight weeks after the birth you should be checked by your GP to make sure you are feeling well, to check your body is returning to normal after the birth, to discuss contraception choices and any other concerns. This is known as your postnatal check. Your baby will also need their ‘6 week check’. This is something that the GP will do at our baby clinic. We will call you to arrange an appointment for you and your baby to have your check (they will be done at the same time). If we haven’t contacted you a month after delivery, then do please call reception and ask to speak to Aysha Gardezi (Operations Supervisor) to arrange.
Baby and child immunisations
For current advice on immunisations, please visit the NHS Choices website.
Appointments for immunisation can be booked online or directly with reception. It is very important that your baby is immunised according to the current schedule, according to their age, so that they can be protected against many very dangerous infections. Baby immunisation clinic appointments are longer than usual appointments, so please do not book into a 15 minute appointment without discussing this first.
Please look at this document about meningitis B vaccination and paracetamol, and make sure that you have baby paracetamol at home to be given after the 1st and 3rd immunisations.
HEALTHY START VITAMINS
To prevent vitamin D deficiency all women who have given birth within the last year, and all children from 4 weeks* to 4 years old, who are registered with a City and Hackney GP, are entitled to free healthy start vitamins.
These are available from all local pharmacies.
*Please note, babies f
ed infant formula should not be given Healthy Start vitamins unless they are drinking less than 500mls (about 18fl oz or 1 pint) of formula a day because formula is fortified with vitamins and no other supplementation is required.
HEALTH FIRST PHARMACY
This enables you and your child to get FREE treatment and advice for minor ailments directly from the local pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription.
You need to register for the scheme. The form is obtained from the surgery receptionists. Hand the form into your local pharmacy and you will be registered. Next time you have a minor ailment instead of booking a GP appointment , you can visit your local chemist without an appointment and get free advice and medicine if required.
We look forward to seeing you soon and meeting your new baby.