Free vitamins for all under 5s, pregnant women and new mums

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Did you know Healthy Start vitamins are free for all pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five in Salford regardless of the family’s income or immigration status?

Vitamins are essential to maintain normal bodily functions, strengthen immune-systems and protect from some diseases. Young children may not get enough vitamin A and D even if they are eating well. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you may not get enough vitamin C or D or folic acid.

Healthy Start vitamin drops for children contain vitamins A, C and D and tablets for adults contain vitamins C, D, and folic acid. They do not contain milk, egg, gluten, soya or peanut residues and are suitable for vegetarians and halal diets 

The government recommends all children aged six months to five years, babies who are breastfed or consuming less than 500 ml of infant formula and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers take daily vitamin supplements.

How to get the vitamins

You can collect these important vitamins for free from these centres. Please ask at reception:

  • Broughton Hub, 50 Rigby Street, M7 4BQ
  • Eccles Gateway, Church Street, M30 0TU
  • Ingleside Birthing Centre, Oakwood Park, Swinton Park Road, M6 7WR
  • Irlam Clinic, 125 Liverpool Road, M44 6DP
  • Newbury Place Health Centre (Salford Community Health reception 1st floor), 55 Rigby Street,M7 4NX
  • Pendleton Gateway, Broadwalk, M6 5FX
  • Salford Baby Bank, The Lodge, 41 Derby Road, Salford, M6 5YD (collection between 10am and 12pm Monday to Friday or call/text 07878617357 to arrange a convenient collection time and date)
  • Springfield Medical Practice, 384 Liverpool Road, Eccles, M30 8QD
  • Swinton Gateway, 100 Chorley Road, M27 6BP
  • Walkden Gateway, Smith Street, M28 3EZ
  • Visit from the Stork, Emmanuel Centre, 174 Langworthy Road, Salford M6 5PN

The Healthy Start scheme also provides free healthy food and milk to those eligible. Please ask for details or visit the Healthy Start website.

This page was last updated on 23 June 2023

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