NHS London has launched a polio vaccination campaign. Children aged one to nine years in London will be offered a dose of polio vaccine. This vaccine will be given whether it’s an extra dose or to catch up with their routine vaccinations. In other children it may bring them up to date with their routine vaccinations.
There are signs the virus may be spreading in London and the number of children vaccinated in London is lower than it should be. Boosting immunity in children should help protect them and ensure a high level of protection from any risk of paralysis.
While the risks to the general population are still assessed as low it’s important that this action is taken to reduce the risk of the virus continuing to spread.
Parents will be contacted when it’s their child’s turn to come forward for a dose.
Find out more about the polio booster campaign on GOV.UK.
If you are expecting a baby, or have recently become a parent, did you know that you can get access to and manage your child’s health records and milestones from an app? The old Redbook has gone digital and is now referred to as ‘eRedbook’.
This platform gives parents more confidence and control over decisions about their child’s health. You can easily store pregnancy scans and photos, record questions for upcoming Health Visitor and GP appointments, record development milestones, as well as any identified health and care issues. All this can be done via a couple of clicks on your smartphone or computer.
To sign up to eRedbook and to find out what our top tips are, click here
The Healthy Start scheme will become a digital service and will offer an online application process which replaces the current HS01A leaflet and paper application form.
The scheme offers vouchers for food, plain cow milk, infant formula to help those who are pregnant or have responsibility for at least one child under four years of age who are on a qualifying benefit and a low income in England.
The digital scheme will introduce a prepaid card to be used for purchasing healthy food and milk, to replace the paper vouchers. Beneficiaries of the scheme can also use their prepaid card to prove their entitlement, to collect free Healthy Start vitamins.
Click here to find out if you’re eligible for the scheme.
Visit our Covid-19 vaccination dedicated page for up-to-date information and direct links to gov.uk Covid vaccine site.
Blood test services at The Royal London Hospital Children’s Phlebotomy Clinic are changing from a walk-in service to an appointment-only system. Parents/guardians will need to book an appointment online at:
If you do not have access to the internet you can book an appointment by calling Central Appointments on 020 7767 3200.
You must take the blood test label given by your GP to the blood test appointment with you. If you do not, your blood test will not go ahead.
The booking system is called Swiftqueue, and is already in use at several local G.P Hubs. It is quick and easy to use, and parents and guardians can book and manage blood test appointments for their children. Swiftqueue will enable us to ensure capacity is available at all times. It will help to improve our patients’ experience by managing waiting times, relieving congestion and maintaining social distancing in waiting areas.
All appointments should be booked in advance to avoid any inconvenience. Hospital clinic patients will be able to book a slot for the same day subject to availability, using the kiosk in the clinic. However, there may be a long wait for same-day un-booked slots, depending on how busy the clinic is at any particular time of day.
Patients referred by their G.P.s must have a pre-booked appointment Book Appointment
The service is for patients below 18 years of age.
Please note The Wapping Group Practice will be closed on Thursday 18th Nov 2021 between 13:00 – 16:30 to allow staff to attend a protected learning time.
If you require urgent medical assistance, that cannot wait until surgery re-open, please call 111. If you are calling about life threatening emergency please call 999.
When you first find out that you are pregnant you should register for antenatal care as soon as possible. Please visit Barts Health page for more information on how to self refer and the process of antenatal care: https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/maternity