More newborns enrol with GPs
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.’’