College Health is urging new parents to register newborn babies with a GP as soon as possible, so that they don’t miss out on vital health services.
It’s important that you register your baby as a new family member with your GP to access vital health services such as the GP infant 6-8-week check and the immunisation programme.
The process to register your newborn baby with your GP has been simplified during the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can now register your baby with your GP without registering the Baby’s birth with the Registrar. This is usually a formal requirement and a process to be completed by six weeks of age for the baby. This process usually includes issuing a Birth certificate to prove the Birth Registration has been undertaken, normally a requirement to subsequently register your infant with your GP. However, during the Coronavirus pandemic, Birth registrations with the Registrar have been temporarily suspended.
You do not currently need a birth certificate to register your baby with the GP Practice; all you need to do is:
- Call your GP practice and tell the receptionist that you wish to register your child with the GP, or
- Contact your practice via online and follow the process.
Any information required to register the baby with your GP will be in your baby’s red book, so have it handy when making the call or online application for details required.
The eRedbook is the UK’s digital personal child health record. The app gives you access to your child’s important health records and helps you track their healthy growth and development.
eRedbook is a parent-held personal child health record, beginning at birth that supports children through the healthy child programme and works to:
- Empower parents to take control of their child’s health
- Enables professionals to interact with parents digitally
- Supports new ways of working during COVID and beyond