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CARE OF YOUR NEW BABY

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby. Having a baby is a happy and exciting time and we hope you will enjoy having a new addition to your family. There are bound to be times when you are concerned about the health of your baby (or other family members). Don’t worry, we are here to help you and this information is intended to guide you on how to get the most appropriate care.

All the partners at the surgery have experience of providing health care for sick children and we all have children of our own so we understand how tricky it can sometimes be caring for babies.

If you think your baby is unwell and needs medical attention, please contact the surgery. Our telephone number is 01923 775291. Our receptionists will always make sure that a sick baby is seen by a doctor without undue delay. If the surgery is closed you should phone 111 – they will be able to give you advice and, if necessary, arrange for someone to see your baby.

It is usually better to get advice from a GP at the surgery (or at the out-of-hours centre) than to go to the Accident & Emergency Departments at the hospital. The waiting times in our surgery are shorter than those at A&E and our GPs have more experience than many of the junior doctors who staff the A&E department. (However, if your child has had an accident and may have broken a bone or has a wound that my need suturing, or if your child appears to be very seriously ill (eg having reduced consciousness or severe breathing difficulties) then a trip to A&E might be appropriate

Register your baby with the surgery

You will need to bring the baby’s birth certificate and “Red Book” to the surgery to formally register your baby with the practice. The red book is given to you in hospital and contains your baby’s unique NHS number which we need to complete the registration. This is important but you do not need to wait until this is done before using our services.

New Baby Check

We like to examine babies when they are about 6 weeks old to make sure they are thriving before they start to receive immunisations. You will need to make an appointment for a Development Check with the doctor. The mother should also book a check up to make sure she is recovering normally from giving birth.

Immunisations

When your baby is 8 weeks old he (or she) will need protection from infectious diseases such as diphtheria, polio, whooping cough, tetanus and meningitis. You will receive an appointment from the health authority inviting you to attend one of our baby clinics (usually on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning). Please try to keep the appointment but if this is not possible, speak to the receptionist.

Health Visitors

Health visitors are nurses who have additional training in childcare. They are able to advise you if you have concerns about feeding your baby, child development, behaviour problems or other childhood issues. The Health Visitors for Gade Surgery patients can be contacted at the Skidmore Way Clinic on 01923 775065.

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