To wonder where all these health visitors are?

(58 Posts)
ParsleyTheLion1 Thu 05-May-16 21:29:48

Often, on MN, people suggest talking to 'your HV' (if you're worried about something, say). But where are these fabled HVs? I saw one a couple of times after DS (now 16mo) born but nothing since. I have no idea where they hang out once you don't have a newborn or how you would even go about finding one should you need to....

Oysterbabe Thu 05-May-16 21:32:22

I was given a fact sheet with phone numbers and details of all the local baby clinics where I can just turn up.

Littlepeople12345 Thu 05-May-16 21:33:40

I think ours are at the weekly weigh in clinics.

peasofcake Thu 05-May-16 21:35:52

Did you not have a 10 month or 1 year check? They probably put the phone number in the front of your red book- look there.

PeppasNanna Thu 05-May-16 21:39:45

Weekly weighing clinics? Once a month here.

No developmental checks offered or available after the 6 week check.

The H.V was rushed off her feet when she visted me when dd was 14 days old & struggled to answer any of my questions.

Really wonder why this antiquated but costly service still runs!!

NeedACleverNN Thu 05-May-16 21:42:22

Hah I had mine come today..
Cos ds is behind on his development according to her charts. So she came today to see how he was doing. Still not quite there so wants to come back again in a couple of months.

The bit that is causing the most grief. He doesn't point or say more than ma ma or da da. He's 14 months

WindTheFrog Thu 05-May-16 21:44:42

Baby clinics or you can call. Their caseloads are ridiculously big but I've not come across a health visitor who doesn't care about their mums & babies. If you let them know you need the support of be surprised if they ignored you, we'll certainly the ones I've come across.

PeppasNanna Thu 05-May-16 21:44:53

At least she's interested NeedACleverNN.

No one would listen about my ds...

He was disgnosed with ASD/ADHD at 6 in the end.

Hope everything works out fine with your dc.

Coldtoeswarmheart Thu 05-May-16 21:45:53

Baby clinics.

StealthPolarBear Thu 05-May-16 21:46:18

" No developmental checks offered or available after the 6 week check."
They should be offering development reviews at a year and 2 to 2.5 years

bigbluebus Thu 05-May-16 21:46:54

There should be one linked to your GP practice - well that's how it works around here anyway. Think they run baby clinics at the GP surgery. Try asking at your practice.

StealthPolarBear Thu 05-May-16 21:48:06

Not necessarily at gp practice

WellErrr Thu 05-May-16 21:48:09

I know mine really well, she's lovely.

Gutterflower Thu 05-May-16 21:48:09

I couldn't even tell you who my health visitor was after my DS was born. However, one was very quick to turn up at my house and make us feel like shit after a handful of trips to A & E with my DS because he was prone to 'nursemaids elbow'. Something so incredibly common in young children we were told time and again yet the HV had never heard of it and had concerns that we could have been abusing him confused

ParsleyTheLion1 Thu 05-May-16 21:49:14

peasofcake no, was I meant to sort one or do they remind / call you to arrange one?

the only thing that's carried on and that any health professional has been actively pursuing is the BCG vaccine

It feels a bit like they disappear once you're out of the newborn stage.

I remember feeding mine cake and trying desperately to wind up the visit as I struggled with a high fever (I didn't realise as it had come on so suddenly) because of mastitis....but she wouldn't start her questions until she'd finished her cake!! I was desperate for her to go. And now I can't find them.

NeedACleverNN Thu 05-May-16 21:49:44

Thanx peppa

I get that I am lucky in that respect and it's good that children are being picked up on earlier. But at the same time I honestly don't think there is anything wrong with him but she is still suggesting I have nursery workers come round and do activties with us to help develop it all. It was never this bad with Dd and Dd is only 3

PeppasNanna Thu 05-May-16 21:50:25

There are No developmental checks offered in this borough after the 6 week check. Any developmental concerns should be dealt with by the GP.

As i have 2 older dc with ASD & ADHD. I thought my youngest dc would be monitored more closely but she isn't.
The joys of living in an inner London borough...sad

ParsleyTheLion1 Thu 05-May-16 21:51:02

Do they have formal medical training (e.g. nursing)?

StealthPolarBear Thu 05-May-16 21:51:40

Hmm there really should be. They are certainly being carried out.

PeppasNanna Thu 05-May-16 21:51:52

Yes Parsley

StealthPolarBear Thu 05-May-16 21:52:54

Peppas how old is your little one?

livvylongpants Thu 05-May-16 21:54:09

Hertfordshire here,

Saw HV when DS when she did DD2 6 week check, I mentioned his lack of speech. She told me to contact her when he is 2 if that was still the case

I phoned after his second birthday and she came the same day, 2 year review flagged up issues and she immediately referred to developmental paed. DS got his autism diagnosis 6 months later.

A fabulous service here. Generally they leave you alone unless you ask them for help, a meeting etc

yorkshapudding Thu 05-May-16 21:54:11

Parsley, yes Health Visitors are qualified nurses who have undertaken additional training (either a degree or Masters) in Specialist Public Health.

PeppasNanna Thu 05-May-16 21:54:55

Youngest is 2yrs & 3 months.

splendide Thu 05-May-16 21:55:07

My first one when DS was a newborn was rubbish but she's moved on and the rest have been good. Helped with feeding/ weight issues and with my PND. DS is 18 months now and I'm worried as he isn't talking so I called them last week and someone is coming to see us this week coming. They did a year check, I thought that was a nationwide NHS thing. We're London but only just - leafy borough type place.

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