Pregnancy Care

If you think you may be pregnant, please first confirm it with a home pregnancy test, and then make an appointment with the area Midwives.

They see women who are pregnant from 8 - 12 weeks onwards. Appointments are held at the Downend Clinic, Buckingham Gardens, BS16 5TW. You can contact them by phoning 0117 330 2505.  

Whilst waiting for your first appointment don't forget:

  • Daily Folic acid (also known as Folate) is advised for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to prevent spinal deformaties (Spina Bifida). You can buy it without prescription from any chemist or large supermarket.
  • More than ever, it is important to stop smoking to keep your baby well and reduce the chance of having a miscarriage or premature birth. Please speak to Sally or Laura, our smoking cessation nurse, if you require any further assistance or support to stop
  • Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby

Post-natal Check-up

6 weeks after delivery, please book in for your post-natal check-up with the doctor - note this will be a double appointment so can't be booked on line.

Health Visitors

The Health Visitors now have a central point of contact - please contact the Surgery on 0117 9709500 to obtain the information linked to your Child.

Childhood Vaccinations

Our vaccination clinic for babies and young children is run on Wednesday afternoons.

  • 8 weeks: 1st vaccines - Diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough (DTP), polio, Hib (causes meningitis), and pneumococcal vaccines (causes pneumonia & meningitis) - This is carried out by one of our Doctors and will be booked by our administration team once the registration forms have been completed (please bring red book) and the baby is registered - From April 22nd 2018 until 4th July 2018 all new babies will have their 8 week check at our Christchurch branch.
  • 12 weeks: 2nd vaccines - DTP, polio, Hib and meningococcal C (causes meningitis)
  • 16 weeks: 3rd vaccines - DTP, polio, Hib, pneumococcal, and meningococcal C
  • 9 months: developmental check by health visitor, at your home
  • 12 month: Hib and meningococcal C booster
  • 13 months: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and pneumococcal
  • 3yrs 4months - 5yrs: DTP and MMR boosters