Our First aiders are available throughout the school day to attend to any emergency requiring first aid.
The Medical room is open to students during break and lunchtime. During lessons if a child feels unwell they will need to be given permission by their class teacher to attend reception.
Students must not contact parents/carers (by phone/text). If they feel unwell at school and they are unable to continue in their class, they will need to gain permission from their teacher to leave and report to reception, where they can determine whether they are well enough to return to class, or send the student home. The decision as to whether a child should be sent home unwell will be made by the First Aider who then contacts the relevant parent/carer to advise them of the situation. Please keep your contact details up to date.
Medicines in school
Paracetamol / Ibuprofen will only be administered, following completion of the appropriate consent form, during break or lunch and will be dependent on each individual child’s needs.
If your child needs to take any prescribed medication during the school day, these need to be handed in at reception in the original box with a completed parent consent form for administering of medicines. A copy of this form can be found below, or at reception.
Without the above information/consent, the school cannot administer any medicines.
Please be aware that under health and safety regulations, with the exception of diabetics, epipens and asthma inhalers, students are not allowed, under any circumstances, to carry medication with them. If your child has been prescribed an epipen or an inhaler we require a spare to be kept in the First Aid room in case of emergency.
Please also ensure that should your child be diagnosed with any new health conditions or have any changes to their existing medical conditions (including medication changes) you inform First Aid as soon as possible to ensure that, should an emergency occur, the school has the most up to date medical information for each student.
Diabetic ‘snack box’
All children with type 1 diabetes will need to provide a ‘snack box’ which will be kept in school so that they can access this if necessary. Please ensure the snack box is named and contents are kept fully stocked and in date. If your child uses an insulin dosing device which contains a needle we will need parents to provide a sharps box, which will be stored in the First Aid room for the safe and correct disposal of these needles.
Please ensure that girls carry their own supplies. The first aid room, pastoral and reception will always have a small stock for genuine emergencies.
If your child is on crutches, you will need to accompany your child into school on the students first day back, to complete a risk assessment and sign a parental consent form. Each student will be required to undergo a risk and safety assessment including the use of stairs for health and safety requirements. Only when all parties are satisfied the student can negotiate the stairs/school safely will they be able to attend lessons on the first floor.
Please be aware that first aiders cannot excuse students from taking part in PE lessons without a letter or email from parents/carers stating the reason and duration for this exclusion. Please note that students will usually be expected to change for PE and participate in other ways such as coaching or officiating.
PHE Infection Control
Please note the following advice from Public Health England’s Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings: If your child has diarrhoea or vomiting it is recommended that they are to be kept away from school for 48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. Handwashing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea and vomiting, and respiratory disease. The recommended method is the use of liquid soap, warm water and paper towels. Always wash hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food.
If there are any changes to your child's medical situation, please inform us as soon as possible by phone on 01252 615065 (where a message can be left) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We work closely with Southern Health NHS School Nursing Team and they can be contacted for further advice and support if needed. www.southernhealth.nhs.uk/schoolnursing