Illness

The school has excellent First Aid facilities, and the services of a School Nurse during school hours.

If a student feels ill in school, they are given a permission slip by a teacher and they then go to the Medical Room where first aid can be given. If a student is too ill to stay in school, parents are then contacted by the school to arrange for the student to be taken home.

When a student is accidentally hurt, first aid only, is given and an assessment made. We inform parents if it is not clear how serious the injury may be and further investigation by a doctor is deemed necessary. We also inform parents if students suffer a head injury or a non-accidental injury, even if the student feels well enough to stay in school. On rare occasions, an accident or illness may require the attendance of emergency services; in this event, we make every effort to contact parents after the emergency call is made. In the event that a parent or relative cannot be contacted, it is usual for a member of our staff to accompany or follow the student to hospital to await the arrival of parents.

All students will have parental consent for the school staff to administer medication and it is the parents responsibility to ensure that records are updated if they change. The school ensure that the staff who administer medicines are fully briefed in general procedures for medicines and they receive appropriate training to administer specific medicines, for example, epi-pens. This is specialist training that all First Aiders receive and other staff.

Students who are prescribed medication to be taken during the school day, on a regular basis, must have it prescribed by a GP,  clearly labelled with name, date and dosage. It should be handed in to the First Aid room for dispensing as indicated (a care plan will need to be completed and the appropriate forms will need a parental signature). Some students are prescribed occasional treatment such as an antibiotic, which has to be taken during the day. Normally, staff do not administer antibiotics and students prescribed them should remain at home for the duration of the treatment. However, if a doctor deems the treatment to be mild and the student able to attend school, he or she may bring in the medication with parental request (the medical room will contact parents to confirm dosage etc). This must be clearly marked, in the original pharmacist’s container and taken to the medical room. A ‘Request to administer medicine’ form must be signed and returned to the medical room the next day. Staff check that the medication has been administered without adverse effect in the past and parents must certify this is the case. A note to this effect is recorded on the consent form.

Asthma inhalers, epi-pens and, infrequently, other medication, which have to remain in the care of the student, must be clearly marked (a care plan must be complete in this case except for inhalers). They are the student’s responsibility and must never be lent to another student. Parents must ensure an emergency spare is kept in school in the medical room and it must be clearly labelled and collected on expiry.

Students should not carry any medication on their person unless prior consent has been gained from the Head teacher and the appropriate forms completed (and a care plan completed). If a student suffers from migraines or another condition requiring occasional pain relief, additional, prescribed and labelled supplies can be sent in to the First Aid room to be dispensed as the need arises. As part of the First Aid treatment, our staff may administer a single dose of paracetamol to any student. They must first gain verbal consent from parent/guardian on the day of administering. We do not administer paracetamol until 11 a.m. and not after 3 p.m. The students will be given a letter stating the time, dose and reason why they were given one 500mg dose of paracetamol . The students must sign the log book and the first aider on duty must sign the letter Non-prescription travel sickness medication will be administered by staff providing they are supplied in the original packaging and accompanied by a ‘Request for school to administer medicine’ form. It must be suitable for the child’s age and supplied by the parent.

Any supplementary questions a parent may have about medication may be addressed to the School Nurse.

Parents should contact the school to tell us of any contagious or infectious disease or case of head lice so that we may inform relevant authorities or take other precautionary measures as necessary.