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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}

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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


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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  • Funding Funding for the programme obtained from Barnet and Camden Primary Care Trusts.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Parental/guardian consent obtained prior to vaccination.

  • Ethics approval Deemed exempt by the UCLH/UCL Joint Biomedical Research and Development Unit and the Department of Clinical Effectiveness at Royal Free Hospital as the project was part of a service evaluation initiative.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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