Child Health


  1. Health Visitors
  2. Child health checks
  3. Child Immunisations
  4. Immunisation Schedule

Health Visitors

Health Visitors are qualified nurses with specialist training in child health, health promotion and health education. Every child under five years old has a named Health Visitor. They can give you advice and information about childhood development such as feeding, sleeping, communication and behaviour. They also offer help with social, emotional and environmental issues that affect families. The Health Visitor can also provide you with information about the childhood vaccination programme and can be a great source of information about local services for young children.

You can see the Health Visitors at their well baby clinic at Holt Park Clinic on Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am and at Horsforth Clinic on Fridays at 9.30-11.30am. You don’t need to make an appointment.

Child health checks

Appointments are sent out automatically for routine child health checks.

The first will be with a GP at the surgery when your baby is around 6 weeks old.You will be sent information about this and asked to make an appointment at the practice.

You will also be offered routine health reviews for your child, with your health visitor, at 6-8 weeks, 8-12 months and 2-2½ years old.

Child Immunisations

Immunisations are given by our practice nurses in accordance with the NHS vaccine schedule.

Further information on the schedule and vaccines in general can be found on NHS choices vaccinations.

Immunisation Schedule

Age at vaccinationVaccine
2 monthsDiphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) (DTaP/IPV/Hib) – one injectionPneumococcal infection (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, PCV) – one injectionRotavirus vaccine – by mouthMeningitis B (Men B) vaccine – one injection
3 monthsDiphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) (DTaP/IPV/Hib) – second doseMeningitis C (meningococcal group C) (Men C) – one injectionRotavirus vaccine – second dose
4 monthsDiphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) (DTaP/IPV/Hib) – third dosePneumococcal infection (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, PCV) – second doseMeningitis B (Men B) vaccine – second dose
12 to 13 monthsHaemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and meningitis C (Men C) – one injectionMeasles, mumps and rubella (German measles) (MMR) – one injectionPneumococcal infection (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, PCV) – third doseMeningitis B (Men B) vaccine – third dose
3 years and 4 monthsDiphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio (DTaP/IPV) – One injectionMeasles, mumps and rubella (MMR) – second dose
Girls aged 12 to 13 yearsHuman Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) – two injections given between six months and two years apart
13 to 18 yearsDiphtheria, tetanus, polio (Td/IPV) – one injectionMen ACWY vaccine – one injection
19 to 25 years (first time students only)Men ACWY vaccine