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Establishing an opportunistic catch up immunisation service for children attending an acute trust in London
  1. M Gandhi1,
  2. S McKenna1,
  3. A Geraets1,
  4. R Bhatt1,
  5. M Greenberg1,
  6. A Bartley2,
  7. A J Rodger2,3
  1. 1Department of Child Health, Royal Free NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Infectious Diseases, Royal Free NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Research Department of Infection & Population Health, University College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Minal Gandhi, Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Free Hospital, 10 Pond Street, London NW3 2QG, UK; minal.gandhi{at}royalfree.nhs.uk

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Vaccination rates in London are significantly lower than in the rest of the UK, especially for MMR vaccine. MMR uptake in London ranges from 50 to 75% compared with 80–90% nationally.1 Our aim was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an opportunistic immunisation service for children attending the paediatric outpatient department (OPD) at the Royal Free Acute NHS Trust (RFH). We are not aware of any UK acute paediatric department currently routinely offering such a service.2 3

Methods

Funding was obtained from Barnet and Camden Primary Care Trusts and senior RFH staff supported development of the service. Trust policies, guidelines and checklists were developed. The service was aimed at children >1 month behind immunisation schedule. A combined information …

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