This clinic, which is for well babies only, is run by a doctor or nurse practitioner and a health visitor. All parents are encouraged to attend with their children for developmental checks, weighing and advice. Babies aged 8 weeks will have their checks with one of our clinicians; all other checks are normally conducted with the health visitor.
Your baby will experience a lot of physical changes in the first two months of life, which is why the more detailed examination is repeated at six to eight weeks.
The examinations aim to:
- check that your baby is healthy
- identify any problems or conditions that may need monitoring, further investigation or treatment
Before your baby’s physical examinations, the healthcare professional will describe what they are going to do, and ask for your consent. Don’t be afraid to ask questions before, during and after the examination.
Afterwards, the healthcare professional will record the outcome of the examinations in your baby’s personal child health record.
Parents in the United Kingdom are routinely offered a range of vaccinations for their children to protect them, and others, from the spread of dangerous infectious diseases. The vaccinations, and the ages at which they are normally given, can be found on the NHS Website and the schedule below :
Officially referred to as the DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccination, this protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and the haemophilus type B flu which is commonly known as hib. It is injected into babies’ thigh muscles in three doses at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. (An additional boost for the Hib vaccine is administered at 12-13 months as part of the combined Hib/MenC booster, see below.)
This protects against pneumonia, septicaemia, meningitis (other than meningitis C) and other infections caused by the streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium, which present a heightened risk to children under the age of two. The vaccine is administered in a three-jab course when the child is two months, four months and 12-13 months old.
Meningitis C Vaccine
The MenC jab, given at three months and four months, protects against the virulent meningitis C and septicaemia strains caused by the meningococcal group C bacteria. (An additional boost for this vaccine is administered at 12-13 months as part of the combined Hib/MenC booster, see below.) Since this vaccine was introduced in 1999, there has been a 99% drop in the number of lab-confirmed cases in people under the age of 20.
Hib/MenC Booster Vaccine
This booster against hib and meninigitis C is given at 12-13 months, together with the pneumococcal and MMR vaccines.
This vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella. It’s administered at 12-13 months, together with the Hib/MenC booster and pneumococcal vaccines, and again at about 3 years 4 months of age or soon thereafter.
Officially known as the DtaP/IPV booster, this protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio, and is given together with the MMR vaccine at about 3 years 4 months of age or shortly thereafter.
In addition to these routine immunisations, there’s a range of vaccines available for babies and children who may be at special risk, including tuberculosis, flu, and hepatitis B.
The Groves provides a comprehensive range of confidential advice and information about pregnancy, contraception and sexual health, including:
- Contraceptive options such as
- the combined oral contraceptive pill
- the progestogen-only pill
- progestogen injections
- free emergency contraception
- fitting and checking of diaphragms and coils (IUD’s & IUS – hormonal coil)
- hormonal implant fitting and retrieval
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Cervical screening
- Pre-conception advice and fertility awareness information
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Pre-abortion and post-abortion counselling and referral
- Vasectomy counselling and procedures
- Sterilisation counselling and referral
- Menopause advice
Maternity care is normally shared between your family health centre, here at The Groves, our community midwife and a hospital. When you know you are pregnant (a home pregnancy test is now the best way to confirm this), please make an appointment so we can arrange your care with the maternity services.
A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but is especially vital if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow, and will keep you fit and well. Read more about healthy eating during pregnancy at the NHS website.
All pregnant women are now to be offered vaccination against whooping cough when they are 28-38 weeks pregnant. For more information, please visit the NHS website.
By appointment on referral by GP or nurse
Headed by Dr Ayad Kurukgy, the Minor Surgery Centre at The Groves offers appointments at weekly clinics for a wide range of minor surgery treatments.
Cryosurgery, the application of extreme cold to destroy diseased tissue for both verrucas and warts, is also available at The Groves.
What is occupational health?
Occupational health professionals aim to find out what the impact of your work is on your health, and make sure you are fit for the work you do. Our team of experts that fill occupational health roles are tasked with preventing work-related diseases and carrying out assessments. This includes sudden injury at work (e.g. through a slip or trip) and long-term exposure to hazards, such as repetitive strain injury or stress.
Occupational health also involves pre-employment medicals, preventing work-related diseases, through safe working practices, ergonomics, health surveillance of the workforce and sickness absence management.
Your employer can refer you to occupational health if you have a health problem – including mental-ill health – that is affecting your work or causing you to take time off sick, particularly if this is more than two or three weeks at once. Occupational health referrals are intended to see what adjustments may need to be made to support you at work.
Our occupational health specialists and clinical team offer companies pre-employment checks, annual checks, sickness absence assessment and specialist medicals and travel health for employees posted abroad, or in special ‘at risk’ groups, such as oil and gas industry.
Sexual Health Service
We offer a full sexual health service for registered and non registered patients including;
- HIV Testing
- Chlamydia Testing
- Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
- Oral Contraception
- Emergency Contraception
Private GP and Medical Services
Private GP and medical services are also available for patients and families throughout the region.