Congratulations on your newborn baby. It is a very exciting time but can also be scarey for parents who are unsure what to do next or what challenges. So here are some simple tips for you and your baby to get the best from the practice.
Hopefully you already have full access to your own GP electronic health record and can see what your doctor or nurse has written about you. If you have registered your baby then why not also register for you to be able to see their electronic health records too. You can then also see what their doctor or nurse has written about them. For many babies, the first consultation can often be the 8 week baby checkupas partofyour baby's health and development reviews when they also get their first immunisations too. Why not register your baby so that you can see what the doctor or nurse have written and also check what immunisations they have had. If you have not yet done so then please complete the Record Access and Understanding Safety checklist questionnaire . You can learn more about this here. You will need to have registered yourself on Patient Access and use this to get proxy access so that you can use your passwords to access their records with (if you have parental responsibility).
Do you want to know how to book an appointment with a clinician or contact the surgery if you are unsure what to do and want advice? Engage Consult is the new way getting an appointment. You must sign up first for it (we advise use your email address and the same password you use to access your electronic health records with to keep it simple). You can then log in whenever you need an appointment, tellus what the appointment is about, answer a series of questions and then wait for us to get back in touch with you. It is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is the new way to get appointments. We can send replies by email which you can also respond to (by logging in to Engage Consult). You can also send pictures securely for us to see of rashes etc. Learn more by watching the video below
If you need to contact the surgery to ask the receptionist for an admin question or to book an appointment with a clinician, please click here:
Click here to learn more about how to start breast-feeding as well as videos on different aspects to help you get started and to continue.
Your new baby
When your baby arrives, you can find advice on baby care, including:
Feeding, teething and tantrums
Other languages are available of the above leaflet including Bengali and others
Want to learn from other parents with support from doctors, nurses and midwives? See Netmums
What is Healthy Start? You get FREE vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk. You can also get FREE vitamins to help your child get the BEST start to their life
Most people have heard of the term "baby blues" after child birth but did you know as many as 10% of all recently delivers women develop postnatal depression? See Association for Post Natal Illness to get in touch for friendly advice and just to talk.
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