Health visiting is a universal service offered to all families with pre-school children.
Health Visiting Service
Each family has a named Health Visitor who may visit during the antenatal period or commence visiting a day or two after the midwife has discharged the baby.
You can find out more about our service in our leaflet which you can view here. Health Visiting Leaflet [651kb]
Health visitors offer developmental assessments for babies and young children at key points in their lives. In addition health visitors offer help and advice on a range of issues such as feeding, sleeping, potty training and behaviour management.
If health needs are identified through assessment in partnership with families, then the level of health visiting intervention is increased to meet the need.
For families with complex needs, Health Visitors offer a high level of support usually as part of a multi-agency package.
Child Health Clinics are run by Health Visitors to provide parents/carers with an opportunity to access information on any health issues e.g. child development, growth and minor ailments. These are held weekly at 6 venues throughout the Island and are open to anyone who wishes to discuss their child's health.
You can view the times we hold Baby Clinics Here. Drop In Baby Clinics [231kb]
A Health Visitor visits Alderney one day a week.
- In Guernsey children are offered the Routine Immunisation Schedule.
- You can view the routine schedule here. routine immunisation schedule [49kb]
- In Guernsey all immunisations before the boosters when your child is 3.5 years are offered by your GP surgery.
3.5 Year Booster Immunisations.
- The Health Visiting team offers 2 pre school booster immunisations of Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Whooping cough (DTaP/IPV) and Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) to children when they are about 3.5 years old.
- The boosters are offered as part of a developmental review appointment. There is no charge for this service.
- You will be invited to attend a clinic at Lukis House by letter.
- You can view a copy of this letter here. 3.5 Clinic Appointment letter [302kb]
- The nurses administering these immunisations are trained and used to dealing with children of this age. It is understandable for parents and children to feel anxious but we try our best to ensure this is done with minimal upset. We do find that children find it less upsetting if they are made aware of what is going to happen. We suggest you tell them they require some medicine in their arms before they go to school to make sure that they continue to be healthy. We appreciate that all children are different but most children will be able to understand this.
- If the person attending clinic with the child does not have parental responsibility i.e is being brought by another family member or friend please complete the form posted with your appointment letter stating that you are happy for your child to receive their immunisations.
- Information about the vaccines offered can be found on the NHS immunisation website- MMR DTaP/IPV
- You can read the vaccine product information leaflets here MMR Product Information Leaflet [188kb] DTaP/IPV Product Information Leaflet [127kb]
- We recommend that you read about these vaccines before you bring your child to clinic.
- If you have any questions about these or any other immunisations please contact us at Lukis House. We will be happy to answer your questions and give advice.
- If you would like any further information, please contact us at Lukis House on 01481 725241 our opening hours are 8.30 - 5.00.