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Hertfordshire County Council


The next stocktake is due between 1 - 14 January.



NHS supply chain shortage – October 2017

We have received notification from the Department of Health and NHS Supply Chain that there are supply issues with the children’s drops. This means that we are limited in the number of drops we can order per week for the next 4 weeks (from 1 October).

This will have an impact on the quarterly orders. We will place as many orders as possible until the supply issue have been rectified, but it will take time to get the orders out as we can only order 15 boxes of children’s drops per week.

Please bear with us and we will keep you informed of any changes in the situation, please ensure that relevant staff in your centres are updated with this information.

If you have any questions, please contact

Healthy Start Vitamin Decision Tree Query - 13 September 2017

In the Children’s Centre Bulletin on 3 August 2017 there was a link to the decision tree ‘flow chart’ on Healthy Start Vitamins. The information on this chart has caused some confusion to staff because of the wording within it.

It states ‘If the baby is under 4 weeks old, only give Healthy Start vitamins under medical supervision’. Public Health have contacted Healthy Start and they have confirmed that as part of the National Healthy Start Scheme vitamin vouchers are only be given to babies from 6 months of age. Hertfordshire’s Universal Healthy Start vitamins will continue to follow this and only provide vitamins to babies from 6 months of age.

We hope that this alleviates any concerns, and to let you know that you should carry on distributing the vitamins in the same way you have been.

If you have any queries please contact Public Health.

Stocktake information

Stocktake dates for 2017/2018

Quarter 1   1 - 14 April
 Quarter 2  1 - 14 July
 Quarter 3  1 - 14 October
 Quarter 4  1 - 14 January

Submitting your stocktake

Please submit your stocktake to during these dates. Failure to do so may result in you not receiving stock for this quarter.

If you have experienced a higher demand for vitamins in the last quarter please include this in your email so we can place an order appropriate for your centre.

Stocktake spreadsheet information

Healthy Start Vitamins resources