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Register your New Born Baby And Sign Up To eRedBook

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.

Why not register for a digital eRedbook online for easy access to your baby’s details. Details of the registration page are below.


eRedbook – Your Digital Redbook


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.


Please follow the link below to find out more and register for the service –


Register Your Type 1 Opt-out Preference

The data held in your GP medical records is shared with other healthcare professionals for the purposes of your individual care. It is also shared with other organisations to support health and care planning and research.

If you do not want your personally identifiable patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except your own care, you can register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out.

Follow the link below to download the Type 1 Opt-out Preference Form -


Type 1 Opt-out Preference Form


You can use this form to:


  • Register a Type 1 Opt-out, for yourself or for a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient) (to Opt-out)

  • Withdraw an existing Type 1 Opt-out, for yourself or a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient) if you have changed your preference (Opt-in)


This decision will not affect individual care and you can change your choice at any time, using this form. This form, once completed, should be sent to your GP practice by email or post.


More information about the National Data Opt-out is here:


Roadmap Out Of Lockdown for England (Spring 2021)

With lockdown restrictions easing across England and the UK, the Government have published a roadmap out of lockdown for England.

Please watch this video which explains the stages and steps of the roadmap out of lockdown for England.


The stages and steps of this roadmap can be viewed in the pictures below. Please click on each picture to view a larger version.


Roadmap 1


Roadmap 2


Social Distancing and Self Isolation Sick Notes


Social Distancing: What You Need To Do

To stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), please follow government guidance on social distancing. Information can be found by clicking on the link below -

Staying Alert And Safe Social Distancing


Self Isolation Sick Notes

If you have been told to self-isolate because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and you need a note for your employer, you can now generate your own sick note via the link below - Self-Isolation And Treating Coronavirus Symptoms

To generate the Isolation note, scroll down the page and click “Get Isolation Note”.

This will take you to the NHS 111 page where patients will be asked to answer a few questions. On completion a reference number will be emailed to the patient which is the sick note.


COVID-19 Bereavement Line

St Luke's are currently running a dedicated bereavement line for people that have lost loved ones to COVID-19.

The line is available Monday to Thursday from 1300 – 1630 and the number is below:

0333 400 2358

For more information please click the link below:

St Luke's Hospice Covid Bereavement Support Line

We hope this will help in times of need.


Employer Letter Regarding The Issue Of Medical Certificates Related To The COVID-19 Pandemic

Please follow the link below to download a letter for your employer regarding medical certificates for absence from work related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Employer Letter RE: Medical Certificates


Advice For Parents With A Child That Is Sick Or Injured

Please click the link below to view a poster with information for parents on what to do if a child becomes unwell.

COVID-19 Advice For Parents When Child Unwell Or Injured


COVID-19 Patient Q&A Document

Please find below a link to a document that answers some of the common questions relating to COVID-19 that have been asked by patients across the College Health Practices.

Patient Q&A Document


Rescue Medication (Rescue Pack) Hoax

There has been an unhelpful and misleading message being widely spread on social media advising people with respiratory conditions including asthma and COPD to seek “rescue medication” from their GP.

Please DO NOT ask your GP for ‘rescue medication’ if you don’t usually have standby medication for your respiratory condition. The original post was taken down. It was posted in good faith but is potentially dangerous and is certainly unhelpful.


British Lung Foundation’s response

“We’ve been made aware of some posts on social media saying that if you have a lung condition, your GP will issue a rescue pack of steroids and antibiotics.

If you're normally advised to have a rescue pack available to treat your lung condition then it's a good idea to check you have one. This is recommended for some with COPD to be used as part of a personalised plan. For people with asthma, we do not recommend these as standard.

If someone’s asthma is bad enough to consider steroids it is essential they are assessed by a health care professional. Even at this busy time for the NHS, getting early support for any problems with your lungs is critical to keep you well and out of hospital.”


Along similar lines, please do not stockpile inhalers. If you haven’t needed one for many years don’t ask for one now. We are seeing increasing supply issues due to over-ordering. Please be patient with your community pharmacist, they are doing the best they can in difficult circumstances.


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