What is an eRedbook?
Personal child health record books are given by the NHS to every newborn baby for parents/carers and health professionals to record their development from birth to age five. The books are often red so they are know as the 'red book'.
The eRedbook is the digital version of the paper red book. Currently this is being offered in addition to the paper copy, but over time it will replace the paper copy for those who prefer the digital version.
Download the eRedbook app
The eRedbook is available as a free app for Lambeth and Southwark parents/carers making it quick and easy to access their child’s health information – and means you don’t need to worry about forgetting or losing this information.
You can access the eRedbook by downloading app from the Google Play Store or App Store or by visiting the eRedbook website and creating an account using an NHS Login or by signing up with an email address.
The app is secure and has been rolled out in other areas of London, making it tried and tested by thousands of others. It gives secure access to your child’s health information, including immunisations records, on the go – through your phone or tablet and on a laptop or PC.
What does eRedbook offer?
The eRedbook provides a secure and convenient way to store a child’s health record as well as access to useful information tailored to the age of a child, and reminders when health reviews, immunisations or screening tests are coming up as part of the Healthy Child Programme.
It also helps parents/carers find out more about their baby’s development through NHS.uk guidance articles, track their baby’s weight and create a safe, long term record of their baby’s health and development.
The eRedbook provides convenient, online access to:
- timelines and reminders about screenings, health reviews and immunisations – these will be automatically updated by a GP or our health visitors
- growth measurements and charts
- information and advice on a child’s developmental ‘firsts’ such as feeding, moving, words
- tailored advice and information by age and location.
Parents/carers can add photos and their own notes and questions for their next health visit and add photos to developmental firsts. Access to the app can be shared with members of the family and health professionals.
Do I have to pay for it?
No – eRedbook is paid for by the NHS and is free for parents to use, the same as paper red books.
How does my eRedbook become connected to the NHS records?
If you have signed up antenatally (before the birth of your baby) using your NHS Login and you are the birth mother of your baby, you don’t need to do anything. When your baby is born your eRedbook will automatically have your baby’s information.
If you have signed up postnatally (after the birth of your baby) or are the primary carer and not the birth mother of the baby, the account will need to be connected it to your baby’s records by a health visitor or midwife.
Is the eRedbook app secure?
Yes – eRedbook data is held securely in line with strict NHS security rules. NHS login follows the UK government’s data storage standards to keep your information secure.
For more information, help and handy guides on using the app, visit www.eredbook.org.uk.
If you have any questions about accessing your child’s records, please speak to your midwife or health visitor.