More new­borns en­rol with GPs

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

More new­borns are be­ing en­rolled with gen­eral prac­tices (GPs) as part of the govern­ment’s plans to im­prove im­mu­ni­sa­tion rates.

Last year it in­tro­duced an at-birth en­rol­ment pol­icy, where ma­ter­nity unit staff no­tify the fam­ily doc­tor of a child’s birth be­fore mother and baby leave the unit.

Dis­trict health boards are now rolling out the pol­icy.

‘‘Lat­est data shows 66 per cent of new­borns are now en­rolled with a GP be­fore they are three months old,’’ Health Min­is­ter Tony Ryall says.

‘‘This is a 9 per cent in­crease in the past three months.’’

Pre­vi­ously par­ents would only en­rol their baby at their first visit to the GP post-birth, which for some, would be months later.

‘‘At-birth en­rol­ment makes it eas­ier for par­ents to en­rol their baby with their fam­ily doc­tor and gives new­borns the best start to life.’’

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