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Our clinic nurse has recently changed and I'm not sure that I am 100% happy with the new lady. She is pleasent enough but I just think she is a little to old fashioned for me. I feel I was very spolit as the last lady as she was very up to date and extremely helpful.
Does anyone know if you are allowed to change to another nurse and clinic? And if you can are you able to take the book they keep on file with you? :confused:
You can do whatever you want :) .
I had a terrible time with our last clinic nurse, that I ended up going to my GP who then referred me back to the Paediatrician (due to my daughter's head circumference being pointed out as a concern of which the clinic nurse did not explain anything despite my questions and so forth. Fortunately head circ was fine, but the Clinic Nurse sent me on a runaround and caused me a lot of worry). I now always go to my GP, but also because he is now our family doctor and we also go through him to get her immunisations too. I have the GP as continuity of care and being a GP he is also qualified to refer my daughter to a specialist if there are any other concerns (like the paediatrician). The GP also fills out your baby book. But you have to make sure you get a good GP. Some are a little hazy on feeding guidelines and intro to solids and stuff too, so you have to be picky there too, but if you get a good one, stick to them. Additionally, all my daughter's appointments are bulk billed and our immunisation is done per the schedule so that is all free (Medicare bulk).
So, that is what we have done. You most certainly do not have to use the clinic if you do not want to and I am sure that if you do still want to, then you may be able to request another nurse when you make your appointments.
Hope that you can work something out. :)
I hardly visited the CHN at all. I found that their advice was completely contradictory to my paed and lactation consultant. I had to stop going for my own sanity :D . DD1 only had 3 visits for weighing and DD2 only the very first visit. After that the regular checkups and vacs were given by our GP and I weighed my girls myself at a chemist with baby scales (always wearing EXACTLY the same outfit - I was soooo neurotic about weight gain).
So yep do what you want, take your records with you and find someone whose views align with yours.
i was lucky enough to have a great clinic nurse with our first baby and then when i had my second she was still there but got moved aftera couple of weeks so i moved to i realy love her attuide ,she makes me feel confident and cared for no matter how small my problem.
ive found some of them are just not good with people and others are all heart but no real knowledge .
you can vist any baby health clinic in nsw or beyond you dont needa blue book and you can go as often or as little as you like.
a good clinic nurse can be a real lif saver so find one your realy comftable with good luck
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