The Doctors Fred Thomas
Primary Healthcare Service
Well Child/Tamariki Ora Health Checks – Birth to Three Years
All New Zealand children are entitled to 11 free health checks from birth to three years. The checks aim to ensure that children are growing and developing as well as possible. Included in the checks are clinical assessment, health education and family/whānau support.
Baby checks are at birth and then at 24 hours, five days and around 2-4 weeks. Babies are weighed and measured to ensure that they are developing correctly. These sessions provide a great opportunity for parents to ask questions from an expert and have any problem addressed; difficulties with breastfeeding or sleep for example. They can also be used to discuss immunisations and vaccinations. These checks will be carried out by your lead maternity carer (LMC).
Between the ages of 4-6 weeks and three years, there are seven core health checks available, typically these are around 4-6 weeks, 8-10 weeks, 3-4 months, 5-7 months, 9-12 months, 15-18 months and 2-3 years. These checks may be carried out by a Well Child Provider of your choice e.g. Plunket, Māori health provider, community nurse, a general practice team (doctor and practice nurse). Your LMC will be able to give you a list of Well Child Providers in your area.
More information about Well Child services is available on the Ministry of Health website.
(09) 972 9020
(09) 489 5597
COVID-19 : we want to help our patients get well and protect our staff and community.
In Levels 3 and 4, please do not present to the clinic if you are unwell without speaking to one of our staff first.
If you have cold or flu-like symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fever, runny nose or sneezing, please contact the clinic on 09 972 9020 to arrange a time to be swabbed by one of our team.
Swabbing is by appointment only. Please call us on 09 972 9020.
COVID testing is FREE - you will not be charged for your swab unless you are travelling out of NZ
The safety and well-being of our patients and staff is a priority for us, and so patients visiting for COVID-19 swabbing are directed to a different parking area, away from the main entrance. Swabs are carried out in your car where possible, and if an assessment is required, this is done in an isolation room.
This means that if you need to visit the clinic for another reason, for example your flu vaccine, you will not be exposed to any areas where COVID-19 swabbing is taking place.
Testing is a vital part of stopping the spread of COVID-19, and we are happy to be helping with this part of the response plan.
There is also a dedicated Healthline number for Coronavirus enquiries – 0800 358 5453. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
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This page was last updated at 11:45AM on December 3, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by The Doctors Fred Thomas.