Health Visitors are qualified nurses with specialist training in child health, health promotion and health education. Every child under five years old has a named Health Visitor. They can give you advice and information about childhood development such as feeding, sleeping, communication and behaviour. They also offer help with social, emotional and environmental issues that affect families. The Health Visitor can also provide you with information about the childhood vaccination programme and can be a great source of information about local services for young children.
You can see the Health Visitors at their well baby clinic at Holt Park Clinic on Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am and at Horsforth Clinic on Fridays at 9.30-11.30am. You don’t need to make an appointment.
Child Health Checks
Appointments are sent out automatically for routine child health checks. The first will be with a GP at the surgery when your baby is around 8 weeks old. You will be sent information about this and asked to make an appointment at the 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.
Immunisations are given by our practice nurses in accordance with the NHS vaccine schedule. If child is ill when their immunisations are due please contact the surgery to rearrange your appointment.
Further information on the schedule and vaccines in general can be found on the NHS choices vaccinations webpage.