Medical Matters

Medical Matters

We do not have a nurse based at the school but work closely with nursing and other health professionals.  If you would like to discuss your child’s medical needs with either a nurse or a doctor, please contact the office for details. We have a number of qualified first aid members of staff in school.  If your child has an accident at school, they will be treated immediately.  If an injury is serious, we may take your child to hospital for treatment or call an ambulance. You will be informed if this happens. You will always receive a First Aid slip indicating the nature of your child’s injury and the treatment provided. 

On very rare occasions, we may ask you to come to school to collect your child because of illness. 

If your child is ill or suffering from a contagious disease, please do not send them to school, this will assist in preventing the illness spreading to others. When a child has suffered sickness or diarrhoea, they should remain off school for 48 hours from the last occurrence. 

Seek advice from your GP or school if you are uncertain, alternatively consult the Health Protection Agency chart below:

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Head Lice

From time to time, some students are found to have head lice.  We ask that you regularly check your child’s hair.  We will inform you if we notice that your child has head lice.  Please treat your child at home as soon as you are made aware. Further advice is available from school or your local pharmacist. 

Medicines in school

We understand that some students require their medication to be administered during the school day. We have staff trained in safer medication who are able to administer medication. Before medication can be accepted on school site, the school requires parents/carers to complete a ‘consent to give’ form. These can be obtained through the school office. The medication must be clearly labelled from the pharmacy, with the child’s name, dose, and the time we need to administer, in the original packaging. Medication must be brought into school by an adult and not sent with your child on transport. 

Allergies

It is vitally important that you inform the school immediately if your child suffers from any known allergy and provide information about the cause and the symptoms of the allergic reaction. The school provides students with a yellow lanyard at lunchtimes to support the young person in communicating their allergies. 

Asthma & Inhalers

The effect of asthma can frequently be underestimated.  It is a serious condition, and it is essential that parents inform the school if their child suffers from asthma.  You will be asked to complete separate documentation.  At the start of each term please ensure an inhaler is in school to be kept on site for the term. Parents remain responsible for disposal of out-of-date medication and school will inform you when expiry dates are close. 

All care plans for asthma, allergies and food intolerances must be renewed every year to help us support our students in the best way possible.