This is news for mums; the Personal Child Health Record, which those of you who are already mums know as the 'red book', goes digital next month in the form of a new app that can be downloaded onto mobile devices.
It gives parents secure access to their child’s health information including immunisation records, on the go – you don’t have to worry about forgetting or losing important information.
Health professionals will talk with pregnant women, new mums and their partners to encourage them to register for the e-Redbook. Paper versions will still be provided to all parents.
Parents can self-register by downloading and following the instructions in the e-Redbook app which will provide convenient, online access to
- antenatal advice and information
- timelines and reminders about screenings, health reviews and immunisations
- growth measurements and charts
- information and advice on a child’s developmental ‘firsts’ (feeding, moving, words and so on)
- tailored advice and information by age and location
You will be able to add photos and your own notes, including antenatal records and you will have the ability to share access with family members and health professionals. Furthermore, you will be able to save notes and questions for your next health visit and add photos to developmental firsts.
NHS information – initially birth notification details and then new-born screening test results immunisations records and health checks - will flow into the eRedbook directly from mum's GP or health visitor.
The NHS England project team has been working with local commissioners and providers to prepare for the roll-out of the e-Redbook in East London. Face-to-face engagement has started with frontline teams (health visitors and maternity teams) and this will continue to help prepare for the May launch.
If you have any queries about the eRedbook please contact your named midwife or health visitor