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 Visitors work with Drs. Wilson and Doyle at Baby and Development Screening Clinics and work with Dr. Nickerson on our Child Health and Wellbeing programme. The Health Visitors may be contacted by phoning 0131 313 5102 between 9.00 and 10.00, Monday to Friday – at other times an answering machine will record your message.

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.

There will be a drop-in facility for you to weigh your baby at the surgery, in the Health Visitors room. Please let the receptionists know when you arrive and they will check that the room is vacant. This facility is available on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays only.

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.