Saturday, 1 November 2014

Newbury Childhood illness booklet launched

Newbury and District Clinical Commissioning Group and West Berkshire Council’s Public Health Service are launching a comprehensive guide to common childhood illnesses aimed at parents and carers of children aged between birth and five years old.

The free booklet contains helpful information on general welfare and well-being, common illnesses and how to keep children safe and healthy. It also provides advice on when to consult the GP or health visitor and information on common illnesses such as chickenpox, colds, sore throats and ear infections.

Dr Abid Irfan, Northcroft GP and chairman of the Newbury and District CCG said: “The new guide is a fantastic resource for both parents and carers of children aged five and under to advise on how to manage everyday illnesses like conjunctivitis, coughs and colds to knowing how to recognise and act on the more serious conditions like meningitis.

“The website is very clear and the booklet is available in a downloadable form to use by children’s centres, health visitors and other healthcare professionals.”
West Berkshire Executive Councillor for Health and Wellbeing, Marcus Franks, said: “We’re very pleased to support this booklet. Health needs vary for different age groups so it’s good to have a succinct, easy to read reference specifically aimed at those caring for very young children. I’m sure it will be broadly welcomed.”

The free booklet is available from GP surgeries, children’s centres and is also online at with translations into Polish, Urdu and Punjabi.


From left: Dr Abid Irfan, chair of the Newbury and District CCG; Fatima Ndanusa, Senior Programme Officer for Public Health and Wellbeing, West Berkshire Council and Marcus Franks, West Berkshire Executive Councillor for Health and Wellbeing.

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