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.

The health visitor will contact you between 32-34 weeks of pregnancy to introduce the service. Up to 11 home visits are offered to all families by the Health Visiting team from before birth to pre-school. Around 8 visits usually take place before a baby’s first birthday, with three Child Health Reviews which usually take place between 13 months and 4-5 year.

Child health checks

Appointments are sent out automatically by our local Health Board 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 Immunisations

Immunisations are given by Healthcare professionals in accordance with the NHS vaccine schedule.

Further information on the schedule and vaccines in general can be found on NHS Inform

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:

Hearing tests for children

Routine hearing tests are offered to newborn babies and children to identify any problems early on in their development.

Although serious hearing problems during childhood are rare, early testing ensures that any problems are picked up and managed as early as possible.

Blood tests for children

If your child has to have blood taken at hospital you may find this NHS Lothian information helpful. There is also a video which you may find beneficial for you and your child to watch.