Childhood immunisations at specialist vaccination clinics run by NHS Forth Valley’s immunisation team are now set to be rolled out across the Stirling area following a successful pilot scheme in Clackmannanshire. This saw babies and young children registered with seven GP practices, receiving their immunisation at two locations, Tillicoultry Medical Practice and Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Centre.
A survey of patients and carers revealed that most were happy with the new arrangements. Comments included:
- Nurses very nice and helpful, everything perfect
- Friendly atmosphere and staff doing a great job
- Great quick service
The Stirling childhood immunisation programme will focus initially on babies and young children in the city area before moving out to cover more rural locations across Stirlingshire.
Vaccination is one of the most effective public health interventions and NHS Forth Valley has consistently had excellent uptake, especially in routine childhood immunisations. Between birth and the age of 14, children now receive 20 doses of 11 different vaccines. The new vaccination arrangements have been set up to support the new GP contract and form a key part of NHS Forth Valley’s Primary Care Improvement Plan.