Shepherds Spring Medical Centre

Child Health Checks

Health Visitors

You can normally see the Health Visitors at their drop-in clinic; for further information please contact the Practice.

Health Visitors are all trained Nurses who have extra training and qualifications in child health.They are a fantastic source of information about child development and health, parenting strategies, breastfeeding, nutrition and community support. They also offer help with social, emotional and environmental issues that affect families.

Child Health 0-5

ChatHealth 0-5 is a text messaging service set up to support parents, carers and families of under 5’s in Hampshire. 

The service is run by local health visitors who have a wealth of experience of working with mums and dads-to-be, babies, toddlers and young children. 

The Health Visiting Team are able to support with questions from parents, carers and families relating to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues including crying babies, infant feeding, starting baby on solid foods, sleep and behaviour problems. As well as giving advice, the team can signpost to appropriate services and other support. 

How to use it: Text the dedicated number 07520 615720.

The  messages are then delivered to a secure website and a health visitor will be able to provide a response to the text. 

Child health checks

Appointments are sent out automatically by the local health authority for routine child health checks.

The first will be with a GP at the Surgery when your baby is around 6 weeks old. You will be sent information about this and asked to make an appointment at your local Clinic or Practice.

You will also be offered routine health reviews for your child, with your Health Visitor, at 6-8 weeks, 8-12 months and 2-2½ years old.

Child development checks, including baby checks at 6-8 weeks, are performed by Dr Thomas, Dr Galbraith and Dr Jayasoma by appointment. You will be sent a letter inviting you to attend an appointment at the surgery for a post-natal examination and baby check. Baby immunisations are by invitation on Wednesday afternoon. Please discuss with the nurses if you are unable to make this time.

Child immunisations

Immunisations are given by our Practice Nurses or other Healthcare Professionals in accordance with the NHS vaccine schedule.

When to immunise

Different vaccines are given at different ages to protect you and your child. Find out when these vaccinations are offered, and when and where they’ll be given: