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The Speedwell Practice


Post Natal Checks


Pregnant Lady




Baby weighing is available upstairs in the Health Visitors Clinic from 13:00 till 15:00 on Tuesdays. If you have any queries and would like to speak to the Health Visitor they are also available at this clinic.

Please speak to reception about booking for immunisations and the 6-8 week development check.

Your Doctor, Health Visitor or Midwife will do simple routine checks on your child. Some of these are called "screening" tests. Screening tests and other health checks and reviews are done to pick up problems before they have been noticed. They can never be fully accurate in all cases. This means that sometimes there is a false alarm. In this case you may be told that your baby may have a health problem or condition. However, further tests may show that he or she does not have the condition.

Even if your baby's screening tests for health problems or conditions have been normal but you think there may be a problem you should still point it out to your Health Visitor or GP. You know your baby better than anyone else. Do not assume that because a check was normal that there can't be a problem. If you are worried, always ask.


Please see the link below for Health Visiting Services in Barnet






You should have your postnatal check 6 to 8 weeks after your baby is born to make sure you feel well and are recovering properly.


Please ask our receptionists to book ana ppointment for you if you have not been routinely contacted by the practice




Child Immunisation


Here is the updated list of vaccinations that are routinely offered to children in the UK for free on the NHS. This schedule shows the new changes that are being implemented from June 2013.  


If a vaccine is given when a baby still has antibodies to the disease, the antibodies can stop the vaccine working. This is why routine childhood immunisations do not start until a baby is two months old, after the antibodies a baby gets from its mother have stopped working. This is also why it is important for parents to stick to the immunisation schedule, as a delay can leave a baby unprotected. A delay can increase the chance of adverse reactions to some vaccines, such as pertussis (whooping cough).


Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the ages at which they should ideally be given    



Vaccination Checklist


Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them.


2 months:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children) given as a 5-in-1 single jab known as DTaP/IPV/Hib
  • Pneumococcal infection

3 months:

  • 5-in-1, second dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Meningitis C
4 months:
  • 5-in-1, third dose (DTaP/IPV/Hib)
  • Pneumococcal infection, second dose
  • Meningitis C, second dose

Between 12 and 13 months:

  • Meningitis C, third dose
  • Hib, fourth dose (Hib/MenC given as a single jab)
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), given as a single jab
  • Pneumococcal infection, third dose
3 years and 4 months, or soon after:
  • MMR second jab
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DtaP/IPV), given as a 4-in-1 pre-school booster
Around 12-13 years:
  • Cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer (girls only): three jabs given within six months
Around 13-18 years:
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster (Td/IPV), given as a single jab


June 2013:   Men C – Booster dose previously given at 4m now given at 13-18y           


Rotavirus – Minimum age 6w, Maximum age for 1st dose 14w6d. Not to be started in infants 15w. Not for infants over 24w.


Further reading


There are some excellent websites that will answer all your questions and queries about immunisation and vaccination. www.immunisation.nhs.uk


The most comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate source of information on vaccines, disease and immunisation in the UK. If you are worried about giving the MMR vaccine, you should access the MMR site. www.immunisation.nhs.uk/Vaccines/MMR


This website has been put together to answer any questions you might have about MMR.


You can look for information and resources in the MMR library, ask an expert panel a question, and read up on the latest news stories relating to MMR.

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