What we do
The follow-up clinic is a special clinical service for infants and their families to support their growth and development.
Newborns referred to our clinic include those with very low birthweight, breathing problems, conditions which require major surgery or other medical conditions.
Newborns whose mothers have taken certain medications/drugs or alcohol during their pregnancy are also referred.
Who we see
We provide care to infants and children up to three years of age.
Our team is comprised of the following health-care professionals:
- Program manager
- Administrative assistant
- Clinic nurse
Referrals may be made to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language, ophthalmologist, audiology, or other health professionals, when required.
How to access this service
Most of the infants who are referred to the clinic have been admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), following birth.
Physicians, as well as hospital and community-based nurses in all regions of the province, can make referrals.
Where we are
Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre
300 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, NL
Our offices are located on the 2nd (main) floor in room 2J203.
- Follow the corridor to the right of the Janeway Gift Shop.
- We are directly across from the Janeway Café.
Hours of operation
Appointments are offered Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
You will be advised by a clinic staff member of your next appointment. If you cannot make the scheduled appointment, it is very important that you notify our office.
Travel clinics are held in the Western Health and Central Health regions annually.
How to reach us
Frequently asked questions
What is involved in a clinic visit?
At the follow-up clinic, your child’s growth and development is followed closely. A pediatrician will look at several areas of development including movement and development of large and small muscles, vision, hearing, speech and general behavior. Body movements, muscle tone and the presence or absence of certain reflexes will also be observed.
Each visit lasts about one hour. Referrals may be made to physiotherapy, eye specialists, audiology or other health professionals when required. A follow-up report will be sent to your family doctor, pediatrician, and/or public health nurse.
How often will my child be seen?
This may depend on how long your child has been in hospital following birth. The first visit usually takes place several months after your child has gone home from hospital. This time gives your child a chance to settle into his/her home environment and grow a little more. Following the first visit, your child will be seen about every four months for the first year. After this, he/she will be seen at 18 months and three years of age.