Your health service

Once your child reaches the toddler stage, you will continue to have contact with your health visitor until your child starts school.

You can phone your health visitor in between planned visits. He or she probably gave you the right phone number to use during your first visit. It will also be in your Red Book, if you have one. The best time to call is first thing in the morning or towards the end of the day. If you have to leave an answering machine message, he or she will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Make the most of your GP

Your GP provides unconditional, continuous care for the whole family. Your baby will be registered at the same practice where you are a registered patient.

Babies are seen frequently by their GP particularly in the first two years of life in the diagnosis and management of common childhood conditions and the promotion of health and wellbeing. Your GP also works very closely with the health visitor to ensure the best health for your baby.

Most health concerns can be dealt with by the GP and extended primary health care team but occasionally your GP will refer your baby to a specialist who may be based at a hospital or community setting.

Contact out of hours GP services if your baby has any health issues outside the normal opening times.

Check it out

There are three routine immunisations during the toddler years. Your booklet Protect your child against serious diseases provides information on these, including describing what they are being protected against, and also answers some of the most common questions about immunisations.

Your health visitor will also be able to help answer any questions you might have or visit

There are three planned health reviews during the toddler years. If your health visitor feels your child needs any more, he or she will discuss this with you. Assessing your child’s wellbeing and needs within the context of your family and your wider environment is at the centre of your child’s health review.

You can view more information on immunisations and health visits on our Health visit page.

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

This is Scotland's approach to help children thrive and grow to be all they can be. It's about supporting and improving the wellbeing of every child. It's also about putting children and families at the centre of all the services that work for and with them.

You'll see something called the Wellbeing Wheel used, to help you and the people supporting you to focus on what's important for your child.

The eight indicators of wellbeing are: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included (SHANARRI).

You and your child will be able to go to a 'named person' for information, advice and help to access other services. Your named person will be someone you know well. For preschool children it will be either your health visitor or family nurse. They will explain how their role works as part of the service they already give you and your child, and will help you access to the right help no matter where you live in Scotland.

Last updated: 15 April 2019