What is the eRedbook?
The eRedbook is a digitalised version of the paper held red book. It is an app which enables parents and carers to access their child’s health records through their smartphone or online. The app will provide a more convenient way to update and store the record, whilst also giving access to useful information tailored to the age of the child, as well as reminders when health reviews, immunisations or screening tests are coming up. Expectant mothers will be able to use the app to learn about their baby’s development milestones, before the baby arrives.
The existing paper red book will still be given to parents when their baby is born, so it can be used alongside the app, however it is hoped that over time the digital version will take the place of the paper version.
How do I get the eRedbook?
You will be able to download the eRedbook app from the app store on iPhones and Android, or join online.
When registering for the eRedbook, you will be giving two options:
1) Register with an NHS login – This is the recommended route to register if you are pregnant or have given birth and want to create a personal health record for your baby. You’ll receive all available NHS records for your child.
2) Register with an email address – This is the quick and easy way to create an eRedbook account if you are a parent but did not give birth to the baby or do not have an NHS Number.
Our colleagues in Lewisham maternity unit will be advertising the eRedbook to expectant mothers during the antenatal period to encourage parents to sign up before their baby is born. By signing up in the antenatal period it means the you will not have to ask for the records to be connected by the health visiting team, meaning this method is quicker and easier
If you register for the eRedbook postnatally, then we will need to verify your relationship with your child.
If you register with an NHS login, you will be given an option to inform the Health Visiting team that you have signed up to the eRedbook and wish to connect to your child’s records. Once your identity is verified by the NHS Login, we will be able to view your connection request. We will then verify your request on our system and once this is done, we will process the registration and you will be given access to your child’s records.
If you register with an email address, you will need to manually inform us you have requested access to your child’s records. This can be done by emailing email@example.com to advise you want to register for the eRedbook. Once we have confirmed the relationship between you and your child, we will then be able to process the registration and you will be given access to your child’s records.