An online version of the “red book” given to parents to monitor they first years of their child’s health and development is to be rolled out across London.
The e-Redbook will be available for the 136,000 children born each year in the capital, providing digital back-up for parents who lose the paper version.
The initiative was announced today as part of the widespread changes to the way the NHS operates. These will see patients wait longer than the current 18-week target for non-urgent surgery to enable more money to be spent on GPs, A&E and cancer.
The digital version of the red book – officially known as the personal child development record – was trialled in Newham, Greenwich, Kingston, Inner North West London and Barnet. NHS England said the traditional version, on which health workers chart a child’s weight, height and vaccination records, would not be scrapped.
Parents will be able to access their child’s records on a smartphone and iPad app. The system alerts parents to forthcoming appointments and immunisations – increasing uptake and reducing the cost of missed appointments. Pregnant women can access the app from 28 weeks’ gestation to allow them to become familiar with the developmental milestones.
Meanwhile, NHS England London today said that six new Linac radiotherapy machines to deliver precision cancer treatment would be provided across the capital.
One is already in place at UCLH, with Barking, Havering and Redbridge, North Middlesex, Imperial College Healthcare – which gets two for Charing Cross hospital – and the Royal Marsden due to receive theirs over the next 18 months.
In addition, rapid diagnostic centres for cancer will be opened in the coming year at UCLH, Queen’s, North Middlesex, Royal Free and the Royal Marsden.
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