Medical Information

The Medical Room is situated in the student reception area located close to the old gym and it is here that students can come for First Aid or if they feel unwell.

Should it be necessary for a student to be sent home or if further treatment is required, the School Nurse will call the emergency contact(s) parents have supplied to the school, in order of priority.

It is essential that one named contact is available and able to collect your child at any time during school hours; the school must be able to easily contact you, or another designated adult, should the need arise. Any changes in address, home/work/mobile telephone numbers or medical history must be notified to general reception in writing immediately.

In the event of an emergency requiring urgent hospital treatment, the parent (or other emergency contacts) will be contacted as soon as possible by the school and given hospital details.

If your child has, or develops, any condition that requires medical or long term treatment e.g. allergies, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, please inform the School Nurse so that such factors can be taken into consideration and support offered where necessary. (All such information is covered by the Data Protection Act.)

Please do not send your child into school if unwell. If your child has had diarrhea or vomiting, they must stay away from school for 48 hours.   Your GP will advise about the length of time your child must stay away from school if they are suffering from an infectious disease.

Medication

In accordance with current Health and Safety requirements, the school nurse can supervise prescribed and some non-prescribed medication. Where possible please ask your doctor to prescribe medication in dose frequencies which enable it to be taken outside school hours.   If this is not possible a Med 2 form must be completed in advance before any medication will be dispensed.  It is the responsibility of all parents to ensure that their child has no allergies to any medication that they are giving consent to.

Students are not allowed to carry any medicines with them in school the only exceptions are inhalers and Epipens and other medicines/equipment identified on individual healthcare plans (MED 1 form).

If your child is prescribed short-term medication, the following procedure must be followed if you wish the school Nurse to administer it during the school day:

Parents should bring in medication and provide full instructions for administration as well as a completed MED2 Form (for prescribed medication). Forms are available to download from the website or from the school nurse. A separate MED2 form needs to be completed for each different medication. The medication must be in a recognised container/box with name of child, name of drug and dosage with dispensing instructions.   The responsibility for delivery and collection of medication required rests with the family and students who are responsible for ensuring they attend at their designated times. Medication must be given to school nurse or left at reception first thing in the morning.

When medication is given, the school nurse will supervise, log it and monitor your child for any side effects. Please contact the school nurse if you require any help or advice in this matter.

  • Students with asthma are required to have their inhaler with them at all times.

  • Students with epipens are required to carry one Epi-pen with them at all times, and a second pen must be stored in the First Aid room with a MED 1 Form (Care-plan) in place. 

 

 
Medication for School Trips

  • Students must not carry any medication on them, the exception being asthma inhalers and epipens. If, due to their medical condition, they require either or both of these items the student must carry them at all times. If they do not have them they will not be allowed on the trip.  Two Epi-pens are necessary for all school trips regardless of location and duration.

 Please contact the school nurse or the Trip Leader for further information.

For travel sickness only parents can provide one dose of non-prescription travel sickness medication for the return trip, to be placed in a sealed envelope with full details of the medication and time to be taken by the student.

Please let the School nurse know well before a trip if you wish your child’s medication that is kept in school to be taken on the trip by the trip leader.

For health and safety reasons under no circumstances are students allowed to bring aerosols into school. This includes deodorant, anti-perspirant and perfume. 

As there are a high number of students with nut allergies it is very important not to have any nuts or food containing nut traces brought into school.

Please see below, for MED1 & 2 forms.

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