For you and your baby through pregnancy and childhood

The traditional redbook that is the personal health record for children from 0-5 years of age has now gone digital - the eRedbook. The eRedbook is free to use and works well on mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, as well as on laptops and desktop computers - all you need is an internet connection. The eRedbook stores scans, health records, pictures, health appointments and questions for the health visitor/GP all in one place.

Register today in three easy steps:

  • Visit the eRedbook website and fill in you and your baby's details
  • Sign up for a Microsoft Healthvault account (if you don't already have one, you will be given instructions on how to get one).
  • A health visitor will contact you to verify your details and then you are up and ready to go.

The eRedbook has received clinical assurance and endorsement by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). It is the first time in the UK that a personal health record receives endorsement from a Royal College.

Parents using our health visiting services in Barnet, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster can register for eRedbook here.

Hear what parents think about the new eRedbook:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the eRedbook?

It is the traditional redbook which is now also available digitally. On the eRedbook you will be able to store and access all your baby's information through smartphones, tablets and computers. It is free to use and all you need is an internet connection.

What are the benefits I can expect?

  • Accurate up- to-date records / growth milestones from pregnancy through to childhood - for example, the child's immunisation records will get automatically updated you’re your doctor’s system to the eRedbook after the child has had their immunisation.
  • No more lost or damaged redbooks - the eRedbook can be accessed on smartphones, tablets, computers and laptops - you only need an internet connection.
  • Doubles up as a diary - you can make notes about all those important questions to ask your health visitor or GP.
  • Collaborative working between children's services and also between parents and health services. The eRedbook will have links to each borough's family information services helping families to access the right information and care when they need it. It will enable health and local authority children's services to work together eg. finding children's centres in the area, links to NHS Choices etc. The first service that will be available will be that the child's immunisation records will get automatically updated from the GPs system to the eRedbook after the child has had their immunisation.

Until what age can I store health information on the eRedbook?

At the moment, you can store information about your child's health in their first five years. It's then available as a record that you can refer back to whenever you need to.

How long will these records be available online?

They will be available forever!

Will my records be safe?

The eRedbook has been built using the Microsoft HealthVault platform, which is a secure online service designed to put parents in control of who they share health information with. The key to ensuring your record is kept safe is protecting your username and password.

How can I get the eRedbook?

Sign up at: When signing up for eRedbook you will need to create a HealthVault account (if you do not already have one) and allow eRedbook permission to access your account.

Will I need training?

It is easy and intuitive to use. Your health visitor will be able to show you how to use it.

My baby is already two years old? Can I still get on to it?

Yes. You can transfer historical data over.

Is there a helpdesk in case I need help?

Yes. You can contact the developers of the eRedbook through the 'contact us' option on the eRedbook website.

Should I stop using my paper redbook?

The eRedbook is not replacing the paper based redbook just yet. Please note that while the eRedbook is being developed and tested we are asking parents to continue using the paper redbook along with the eRedbook.