Children’s Health

A guide to common,  childhood illnesses and  conditions for parents  and carers

Birth To Five – Your NHS guide to parenting in the early years

Planning a Family

We offer a range of clinics and services here at Eastmead Surgery to support you when planning a family, from preconception advice to postnatal care.

Antenatal Care

Your Pregnancy, Your Choice

When you first learn that you’re pregnant you can either contact your GP, Midwife or self-refer to a maternity unit of your choice. Each maternity unit has a website with details on how to self-refer, advice and further information.

Useful Information, Advice, Resources and Contact Details:

What is antenatal care?

Starting your antenatal care

How many appointments you’ll have

Your first visit and booking appointment

Later visits

Checking your baby’s development and wellbeing

Your maternity notes

Maternity Units in NW London

Community Midwifery Contact Details

  • West Middlesex University Hospital (WMUH)
    Address: Community Midwifery Office, Queen Mary Maternity Unit, West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AF
    Tel: 020 8321 2581
    Fax: 020 8321 6823
  • The Hillingdon Hospital (THH)
    Address: Community Midwifery Office, Queen Mary Maternity Unit, West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AF
    Tel: 01895 279472
    Fax: 01895 279 589
  • London North West Healthcare NHS Trust – Northwick Park Hospital (LNWHT – NPH)
    Address: Community Midwifery Office, 5th Floor, Maternity Unit, Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ
    Tel: 020 8869 2871 or 020 8235 4252
    Fax: 020 8869 5153
  • Imperial College Healthcare Trust (ICHT) – Queen Charlotte’s
    Address: Community Midwifery Office, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS
    Tel: 020 3313 5185
  • Imperial College Healthcare Trust (ICHT) – St Mary’s Hospital
    Address: Community Midwifery Office, Maternity Unit, St. Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY
    Tel: 02033126605 (Antenatal) or 02033121158 (Post-natal)

Family Planning

Our family planning clinics offer free, confidential advice and information about contraception and sexual health.

We provide a range of services including:

  • Confidential advice about contraception
  • The combined oral contraceptive pill
  • The Progestogen-only pill
  • Progestogen injections
  • Limited supplies of free condoms
  • Free emergency contraception
  • Confidential advice about STIs
  • Cervical screening
  • Unplanned pregnancy advice
  • Free pregnancy tests
  • Pre-conception advice and fertility awareness information
  • Fitting and checking of caps, diaphragms, and coils (intrauterine devices, or IUDs)

Please book an appointment (through reception or via our online services) with your GP to discuss any of the above in more detail.

Useful links

Emergency Contraception

If you’ve forgotten to take your pill, your condom split or you’ve had unprotected sex and you don’t wish to be pregnant we would advise emergency contraception. The sooner you take it the better; ideally within 3 days of unprotected sex but sometimes up to 5 days after ovulation.

Emergency contraception is available free even if you’re under 16 from

If you’ve had unprotected sex or your condom failed, it is also really important to consider your risk for sexually transmitted infections and to think about your long-term contraception needs.

Emergency contraception is available as a tablet or a ‘coil’ (Intrauterine Device – IUD). The IUD is more effective. The healthcare professional you see will be able to advise you, depending on your preference, risk or pregnancy, medical conditions, medication and when your last period was.

More information about your choices is available from:

Neo-natal Care

Some newborn babies are released from hospital without a detailed examination. If this is the case, our GPs are happy to perform the relevant checks in the surgery. Please make an appointment online, or contact reception on 020 8578 1244.

In most cases, the Practice will contact new mums to arrange for this to happen, on rare occasions where we are unaware of the birth, please feel free to give us a call and arrange an appointment or visit.

Postnatal Care

Postnatal care extends for between 6-8 weeks after the birth of your baby. During this period, routine checks are carried out by the health visitor and you and your baby’s recovery is monitored. This is in the form of a 6-8 week baby check and a 6 week postnatal check for the mum. Please make appointments to see the Doctor for these. ​Once completed, you can book appointments with the nurse for your baby’s vaccinations. Please read our childhood immunisations page for more information.

During your postnatal care you will find out about feeding, potty training, illnesses, safety and more. You will be able to ask your health visitor questions and request advice.

Useful links

Preconception Advice

If you are planning to have a baby or you need to know more information about how to look after yourself and your unborn baby, please book an appointment with your GP.

We can provide you with all the information you need to know to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Useful links

Childs’ Health 6-15

Children & Young People


CarePlace is London’s centralised source for care and community services, information and guidance. The directory contains thousands of useful services in London and beyond and gives you direct access to information about care and community services. It also contains a wealth of information and guidance on how to source local services and pay for them.


CAMHS are the NHS services that assesses and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. CAMHS support covers depression, problems with food, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety, to name a few. The Ealing Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is delivered by West London Mental Health NHS Trust.

CGL Easy Project

The CGL EASY Project is a support service for young people using drugs and/or alcohol. Our team is made up of experienced drug and alcohol workers who specialise in working with young people.

Children and Family Directory

The Ealing Council directory will help you access a wide variety of local services, as well as advice to help you and your family make the most out of life in the borough Contact Details For further information and to access the directory please visit the


Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
Free Telephone: 0800 1111  


Ealing Council’s Youth and Connexions Service provides services to empower and inspire young people to make positive life choices. Our services are designed for young people in Ealing aged 13-19 years and up to 25 years for those with additional needs. The services provide opportunities for young people to:

  • Gain new skills and qualifications
  • Have a say in issues affecting them
  • Get advice and support to prepare for the future
  • Have fun and make friends

Telephone: 020 8825 5777
Email: [email protected]

Ealing 135 Group

Ealing 135 Group are a friendly local network run by and for parents and carers in the Borough of Ealing. They organise fun play sessions, action, song and rhymes classes, family fair days and open houses, nearly new sales and more!

Ealing Music Therapy

Ealing Music Therapy provides a music therapy service to children in the Borough of Ealing who have special needs or any kind of difficulty.

Emergency Duty Team

An emergency out of hours service operates across Children and Families and Adults Services providing a social work service through evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.
Telephone: 020 8825 8000 or 5000 (after 5pm and before 9.00am Mon-Fri and at weekends/public holidays)


Services for children with disabilities in Ealing are provided by a multi-agency service, ESCAN (Ealing Service for Children with Additional Needs). This is a joint initiative between London Northwest Healthcare Trust and Ealing Council. The service acts as a single point of information, providing improved access to referral, assessment and appropriate help for children and young people with disabilities in the borough.

Who can apply for these services?
Access and eligibility for the above services vary. For more information on how to contact the individual services telephone the customer contact centre.

Emergency referrals
All referrals must be made to the customer contact centre.

Telephone: 0300 123 45 44
Address: Carmelita House, 21-22 The Mall, Ealing, W5 6PJ

FGM Project

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there’s no medical reason for this to be done. It’s also known as “female circumcision” or “cutting”, and by other terms such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others. FGM is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15, most commonly before puberty starts. It is illegal in the UK and is child abuse. It’s very painful and can seriously harm the health of women and girls. It can also cause long-term problems with sex, childbirth and mental health. Help and support is available if you’ve had FGM or you’re worried that someone may be at risk.


PESTS (Parents of Ealing Self-Help Training Scheme) is a play and support group for families with children with additional needs.
Telephone: 020 8571 9954


SAFE can give you information and advice and help you to access the appropriate services and support to help before a manageable problem becomes bigger and more difficult to resolve. The team is made up of psychologists, therapists, counsellors, pupil/ school workers, family workers and other experts. They also have links with other support groups and services in Ealing to ensure you are given support within your community and the area where you live.

SEND (Local Offer)

Every Local Authority must publish information about services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from birth to 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND); and also services outside of the area which they expect children and young people from their area will use. This is referred to as the ‘Local Offer’.

The Local Offer will put all the information about education, health and care services, leisure activities and support groups in one place.

It has two main purposes:
• to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available;
• to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations.

Ealing’s Local Offer includes:

• Early years and childcare provision
• Links to SEND provision within all schools
• How to request an Education, Health & Care (EHC) Assessment & Plan
• Health services
• Leisure activities
• Social care services, including short breaks
• Other educational provision
• Training opportunities
• Travel for children and young people to places of education
• Preparing for adulthood (inc. housing, employment, support)


Your Child’s Health

A guide to common childhood illnesses and conditions for parents and carers.

Register for online services

By registering for the online services you will be able to complete a variety of different tasks online rather than having to come in to the practice:

  • Book an appointment & access Online consultations
  • View past and future appointments
  • Order recent and regular repeat medications
  • Change your chosen pharmacy
  • View your health records & Access test results (if you request access to your records)
  • Airmid app:  Use to request your full records, Add your own data & access Video Consultations

These online services are as safe as online banking as long as you keep your passwords secure, and you can access these services 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

How to Register for Online Services

Download two apps onto your phone:  NHSApp &  Airmid

  • Use the NHSApp first to create your NHSLogin . You need a UK mobile phone number, email address and Photo ID (Passport, UK/European Driving License or European ID card). It can help to have your NHS number at hand.
  • If you experience difficulties creating your NHSLogin, you may wish to visit the Support webpage:
  • Use the same NHSLogin to access the Airmid app, which is linked to our practice’s healthcare IT system (called SystmOne) . The Airmid app has some functionality  not  currently in the national NHSApp (e.g. video consultations) and vice versa is true too, which is why we recommend you download both Apps.  For more guidance on using Airmid, visit
  • You will not automatically be able to see your records (e.g. blood test results). For access to your records, please use the Airmid app and follow the additional steps explained in the next section.

How to Request Online Access to your Full Medical Records

  • If you want full online access to your records, you can request this via the Airmid app. Please select “Organisations” and then click on “Eastmead Surgery”. Next to “Full Clinical Record”, you can click on “Request access” (see video above). We will then receive your request and please allow upto 30 days for us to review your records and process your request.   For children, there are restrictions and you need to discuss it further with us.
  • Both the NHSApp and Airmid app will enhance your digital experience as a patient at this practice.

Already Registered?

If you are already registered to use the online services, please use the NHSApp or Airmid app or visit  Airmid / Systm Online.

Non-urgent advice: Having Problems?

Children & Community Centres

Children Centres

At a children’s centre, children under the age of five and their families can access information and services to ensure they get the best start in life. Services include:

  • Early education and childcare
  • Support and information for parents including, parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services
  • Child and family health services
  • Help into work with links to Jobcentre Plus and training


Community Centres

The council’s community centres are home to educational, social and recreational groups and cater for all ages.
Telephone: 020 8825 6066