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The Wandsworth Childhood Immunisation Service is available to all children 0-19 years via schools programmes and community clinics. The team is based at St John’s Therapy Centre and is predominately nurse led. The team is occasionally supported by a consultant paediatrician who sees referred children needing close observation following immunisation due to any previous adverse reactions.
What we offer:
The service offers day, evening and Saturday clinic appointments for universal neonatal BCG and clinics for selective BCG for children aged 1-15, Human Papilloma virus (HPV), School Leavers’ Booster to 14 – 15 year olds, Selective Hepatitis B and any other missed childhood immunisations.
HPV schools programme is offered to all 12 – 13 year old girls in both independent and state schools. School Leavers Booster programme is offered only in state schools to 14 – 15 year old students. There are school catch-up sessions for both programmes throughout the academic year to maximise uptake. Community clinics offer another opportunity for those not seen in school.
The service compliments GP provision by offering evening and Saturday walk-in clinics to accommodate flexible opening times to working parents.
The specialist nurses offer up-to-date immunisation advice to both the general public and health professionals through a Mon – Friday helpline. As part of the Public Health agenda the service is committed to supporting, planning and implementing any new immunisation campaign as advised by the Department of Health (DH). The service in addition submits monthly performance figures to the organisation and DH.
Apart from the core responsibilities, the service is committed to offering practical training sessions throughout the year as required for new staff and quarterly theoretical immunisation updates to all health care professionals within Community Services Wandsworth (CSW).
Tel: 020 8812 6090
Fax: 020 8812 6087
- St John’s Therapy Centre - Every Wednesday 11am - 6.40pm and every Thursday 11am - 3pm
- Balham Health Centre - Every Saturday 9am - 12 noon
- Doddington Health Clinic - 3rd Tuesday of Month 1.30 - 4pm
- Westmoor Community Clinic -3rd Tuesday of Month 9am - 1pm
- Tooting Health Clinic - 2nd Tuesday of Month 9am - 1pm
NB: BCG vaccination is by appointment only
- Walk in Balham Health Centre - Every Saturday 11am - 12 noon
- St John’s Therapy Centre - Wednesday 3pm - 6.40pm
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The service comprises of a small team of specialist nurses and dedicated administrative staff. It is currently led by Linda Neal, Acting Immunisation Nurse Lead.
The team works closely with students, parents, education staff and other health professionals to achieve maximum opportunity and uptake of immunisations.
The Immunisation Team operates a self referral system. Signposting enables 308 parents and clients to contact the team direct. Telephone queries from other health professionals are usually resolved immediately. Clients may be referred to the Specialist Immunisation Consultant clinic run once a month at St George’s Hospital or to the local chest clinic.
Since the successful formation of the Wandsworth Immunisation Team in 2008 the team has worked hard and achieved an increase in percentage vaccine uptakes. It responded effectively to the 2008 introduction of HPV vaccination in schools and, more recently the universal neonatal BCG programme (February 2012).