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Recently had a baby?

Welcome home and congratulations on the birth of your baby

At the Ridgeway Surgery we are delighted to help you look after yourself and your family. Your baby needs to be registered with a GP. If you would like to register with us you will need to bring the baby's birth certificate to the surgery.

Our child health clinic (for well babies) is held on Thursdays at Alexandra Avenue from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. You will be able to see a health visitor, practice nurse or GP. This is a good opportunity to get the baby weighed and vaccinated and to meet other new parents. You will be invited to the surgery for an 8-week check for the baby and immunisations, usually starting at 8 weeks.

If your baby is unwell please don’t bring a sick child to the baby clinic. Ring the surgery and ask for an appointment; always available on the same day if needed.

We usually recommend the following;

First few weeks BCG (TB). Check with your health visitor.

8 weeks Health check 1st immunisation (DTP/HIB/Polio, Pneumo)

12 weeks 2nd immunisation (DTP/HIB/Polio/Menc)

16 weeks 3rd immunisation (DTP/HIB/Polio/Pneumo/ Menc)

8 months Developmental check with health visitor

12 months HIB and Meningitis C immunisation

13 months MMR and Pneumo immunisations

2-2 ½ years Developmental check by health visitor

3-3 ½ years Pre-school booster (DTP/HIB/Polio, MMR)

Ask your own health visitor for advice about baby groups and other activities in the area.

All of the doctors at the Ridgeway will be happy to answer your questions about

your baby. You will usually see Dr David Lloyd or Dr Clare Etherington at the

Baby clinic. We have a health visitor Kelly Sheehan