Pregnancy and early years

All the news from the Department relating to pregnancy and a child’s early years.
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NHS information service for parents reaches 100,000 signups

More than 100,000 people have already signed up to receive online advice about looking after their baby – and a quarter of these are fathers. The NHS Information Service for … Read more → – NHS information service for parents reaches 100,000 signups

Department recommends product label messages on vitamin D supplements for at risk groups

The department has produced some voluntary statements to apply to vitamin D supplements for at risk groups. The statements have been agreed by the food supplements industry. A significant proportion … Read more → – Department recommends product label messages on vitamin D supplements for at risk groups

Evaluation studies of Family Nurse Partnership programme published

Two independent evaluation studies on delivering the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme have been published. They cover themes on the cost of delivering FNP locally and the Family Nurse workforce. … Read more → – Evaluation studies of Family Nurse Partnership programme published

FSA issues information sheet on preventing listeriosis in hospitals and nursing/care homes

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a new information sheet on preventing listeriosis in hospitals, nursing homes and care homes. Listeriosis is a rare but potentially life-threatening illness caused … Read more → – FSA issues information sheet on preventing listeriosis in hospitals and nursing/care homes

Whooping cough webchat on Netmums

Parents are being invited to send in their questions about whooping cough ahead of a webchat scheduled for Tuesday 5 February. Dr Dawn Harper, from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies programme, … Read more → – Whooping cough webchat on Netmums

Government response to consultation on fertility and human tissue regulators

The Department of Health has today published its response to its consultation on proposals to transfer functions from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Human Tissue Authority … Read more → – Government response to consultation on fertility and human tissue regulators

Advice on preparation of formula milks restated

The Chief Medical Officer and the Director for Public Health Nursing are today restating longstanding advice about the best practice when preparing formula milks, as set out by the Department … Read more → – Advice on preparation of formula milks restated