A SUCCESSFUL pilot project in Clackmannanshire, which saw specialist vaccination clinics set up for children, will now be rolled out in neighbouring Stirling.

The scheme saw babies and children registered with seven local GP practices receive their jabs at either Tillicoultry Medical Practice or at Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Centre in Sauchie.

The vaccinations were delivered by NHS Forth Valley’s immunisation team, achieving uptake rates in the 90s, which the health board says is comparable to the previous service delivered at GPs.

According to healthcare professionals, locals appreciated a quick service, friendly atmosphere and helpful nurses.

A survey revealed most people were happy with the new arrangements.

Between birth and the age of 14, children receive 20 doses of 11 different vaccines and the scheme will be rolled out in the neighbouring county this summer.

Dr Henry Prempeh, consultant in public health medicine at NHS Forth Valley, said: “There has been a gradual increase in vaccine preventable diseases across Europe and the rest of the world, even England has seen a three-fold rise in cases measles.

“Now, more than ever, we need to ensure that we continue to provide a safe and accessible vaccination service to the residents of Forth Valley.

“These vaccination clinics run buy our specialist immunisation team will enable us to take the service to where it is most needed.”