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For advice about children's health and illness, please see  below "Patient links - managing minor illnesses/symptoms", or visit this website:

Childrens' health checks

The surgery offers routine child development checks to babies at approximately 6 weeks old. Further routine development checks should take place as below:


when... by...
BirthDoctor (in hospital usually)
6 weeksDoctor in surgery by appointment combined

with postnatal care

8 monthsHealth visitor in child clinic
21 monthsHealth visitor in child clinic
39 monthsHealth visitor in child clinic

Health visitors can provide support to all families with children under the age of 5years.

They can be contacted on:

01582 715 675 for Harpenden

01582 833546 for Wheathampsted.

Childrens' family centres can provide support for those with young families:

Children' immunisations

A lot of infectious diseases are preventable by adequate immunisation and the surgery provides the full range of vaccines for childrsyringeen.

Invitations for routine childhood vaccinations are sent to you by the health authority. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the practice nurse when you have received your letter.  Please contact the surgery or health visitor to discuss any concerns you may have about vaccinations.

The schedule of vaccinations for children is below:


2, 3 and 4 months Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, inactivated, polio, Hib, Men C

and pneumococcal

12 - 15 monthsMMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Hib, Men C and pneumococcal
3 - 5 years Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, polio, MMR
13 - 18 yearsDiphtheria, tetanus, polio (usually offered at school)


Teenage health

Teenage years can be a difficult time for all involved. By clicking on the link below, you can find information on conditions that teenagers might be particularly interested in, such as acne, contraception and sensible drinking. Mental health and healthy living are also covered.

For teen girls health click link below

For teen boys health click link below

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Teenage mental health

We know that it can be difficult to talk to people when you're having difficulties with your mental health. Doc Ready helps you get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health. Please click on the link below:

Other useful resources:

Childrens' wellbeing practitioners: 01992 556405/ 0300 123 4043

Youthtalk counselling 01727 868684

Apps for children and young people

Smiling Mind

Big White Wall



Local available help for teens and young people in need of support

Available local help for young people (green boxes include updated services during Coronavirus)


Eating disorders

Do you have an eating disorder?

People of all ages, gender, ethnic groups and backgrounds can be affected by eating disorders. make sure you are aware of the signs. For more information:

Information for Parents's/a-parent's-guide---eating-disorders-in-young-people.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Additional help for young people and families

Hertfordshire County council provide information and support here:

Support during school holidays

Fit Fed & Read school holiday activity programmes operate out of Fire Stations across Hertfordshire during the school Easter and Summer holidays. They provide an activity programme ‐ including support with literacy ‐ in Hertfordshire’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, with a nutritious meal every day, free of charge.

If you have a child aged between 7-12 years who is eligible for school meals, please contact the team here:



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