0 - 6 months

Stay up to date with appointments and immunisations

During the first five years of your child’s life, you will be offered appointments to review how you and your child are getting on. Some of these appointments will include a review of your child’s health, growth and overall development, others will be to provide the recommended childhood immunisations.

Attending these appointments will help you and your child to stay healthy. Please register with a local GP as soon as you can. Find a GP near you

COVID-19 update: The Health Visiting Service is now offering face to face contact for all appointments. In case of a confirmed positive or symptoms of COVID-19, virtual appointments will be offered and followed up by a face to face contact (following a negative COVID-19 result after 6-7 days).

Why is it important?

Birth to age 5 years is a very important time when growth can be very rapid. For most children this will happen without any difficulties. The national Healthy Child Programme provided by the Health Visiting Service offers all parents a schedule of health and development reviews which provide an opportunity to talk about how your child is doing and explore any concerns you may have with a professional from the health visiting team. Getting early help (including information or a referral for your child) can support your child to be happy and healthy.

One of the best ways to protect your baby against diseases such as measles, rubella, tetanus and meningitis is through immunisation. Your GP practice will invite you to take your baby for the first injections by eight weeks of age.

Your GP can also help if you are feeling low or experiencing symptoms of post-natal depression or you can refer yourself to Talk Changes our local talking therapy service.

First point of contact

Before your baby is born (around the 28th week)

Antenatal contact

Midwives are the key professionals leading antenatal care. Health visitors offer antenatal care to all families in City and Hackney. Face to face contacts are provided by Public Health Midwives for those with identified vulnerabilities.

After your baby is born

The Health Visiting service works closely with your midwife to make contact with you shortly after your baby is born to introduce the service. The contact details for your local health visiting team can be found inside your Personal Child Health Record (red book). It is important to take your child’s red book to every healthcare appointment. The red book can help you to keep up to date with any appointments your child is due, including the recommended immunisations

Childhood immunisation 

The childhood immunisation programme is provided through your GP practice. If you would like to talk to a health professional about immunisations you can contact the nurse practitioner at your GP practice, they will be more than happy to answer your questions or respond to any concerns you may have. Remember, immunisations are really important to help keep your child and community safe, and should be given at the correct age, delaying them can put your child at risk.

Appointment timeline 0-6 months

    Age What Why By whom Where
    5–8 days (up until 1 year) Blood spot test (heel prick) To test for 9 conditions that include cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease Midwife/health visitor Carried out at home (if you are new into the UK or new to the area please contact your health visitor to discuss the blood spot test)
    0-3 months Newborn Hearing Screen Early detection of any hearing problems – ideally to have the screening in the first 4 weeks) New Born Hearing Screening Babies with a GP in Hackney or the City can go to Homerton Hospital and local health centres
    10-14 days New Birth Visit To assess that mother and baby are well and to introduce the Healthy Child Programme Health Visitor Carried out at home
    4 weeks Family support visit Extra support for first time parents and those who may require additional health visiting support Health Visitor Various locations including; home, clinic or Children’s Centre
    6 – 8 weeks Development Review To assess that your baby is developing well, review feeding and maternal wellbeing GP and Health Visitor GP Surgery, Child Health Clinic, Children’s Centre
    8 weeks 1st Primary Immunisation 6-in-1 vaccine
    Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
    Rotavirus vaccine
    Practice Nurse GP surgery
    3 – 4 month visit Family support visit For those who may require additional health visiting support Health Visitor Various locations including; home, clinic or Children’s Centre
    12 weeks 2nd Primary Immunisation 6-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose)
    Rotavirus vaccine (2nd dose)
    Practice Nurse of Health Visiting Team GP surgery
    16 weeks 3rd Primary Immunisation 6-in-1 vaccine (3rd dose)
    Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (2nd dose)
    MenB (2nd dose)
    Practice Nurse of Health Visiting Team GP surgery
    This page was last modified on: 23 Dec 2022