6-8 Week Baby Check and Mother’s Postnatal Check
Please be reassured during these unprecedented times we are working hard to protect you and your baby. The baby check is essential so that we can ensure your baby is healthy and ready to start their immunisation schedule. NHS England has confirmed that the childhood immunisation schedule is a top priority to protect babies from preventable illnesses.
Below we will set out the ways we have modified our checks to try to reduce you and your baby’s time in the practice to reduce risk.
Dr Williams will phone you on the day of your check to ensure you and your baby are well and don’t have any viral symptoms. Your appointment will only go ahead as planned face to face at the scheduled time if all of the below is complete and your baby has been registered with the practice. You can register your baby with the practice by completing our New Patient Registration form
- If the Health Visitor hasn’t done the baby’s weight or head circumference we can ensure this is done at the baby check.
- Please find the 6-8 week baby check review in your Red Book. Can you please ensure you’ve filled your baby’s name, address, date of birth and his/her NHS number if you have it. It’s best to put a piece of card behind the 3 carbon copies so when you fill this in it doesn’t affect other pages.
- Please write down any questions/concerns that you want to ask Dr Williams about your baby – the vast majority of these can be discussed over the phone, thus reducing the time you need to spend in the practice.
- For mum’s please consider if you have any questions about your own recovery and be ready to discuss contraception requirements. At this time we won’t be fitting implants or coils so the best current options are the mini pill – desogestrel or if you are suitable the combined contraceptive pill.