Medical Matters

Your child’s well-being at school is of paramount importance to us. All the work we do is based on the fact that your child will be safe and well cared for. The school has a wide range of policies that guide what we do to ensure their well-being.

The following people make visits to school:

The School Nurse visits regularly. The weight, height and eyesight of all the children are checked in their Reception year and also Years 4 and 6. The School Nurse also accepts referrals from school.

The School Dentist visits once a year to inspect children’s dental health aged five years. Parents will be notified in writing of the date of this visit. No treatment is given during the inspection but if your child requires treatment you will be notified. You can then decide if you wish this to be arranged through the School Dental Service or by your own dentist.

The Audiometrician conducts hearing tests on all children at some point during their first year in school. If any hearing problems are found, you will be notified and further tests are arranged.

Medical Liaison Teaching Assistant.

The school is also fortunate in employing a part-time medical teaching assistant who is responsible for overseeing the specialist medical provision for all the children in school; liaising with parents, the school nursing service and teaching staff to ensure that all our pupils receive the best possible care and attention.

Download: Medical Liaison Leaflet 2016

Headlice

Headlice are passed from person to person by head to head contact, regardless of age or how clean their hair is. Daily combing and weekly head checks on wet hair is essential to try to prevent infection. If headlice are found please inform the school who will advise other parents to be more vigilant, without breaking any confidences. Further information on headlice and details of the methods of treatment currently recommended are available from the school office.

Infectious Diseases and other common childhood problems

A copy of “Guidelines for Parents on Infectious Diseases” prepared by the local Healthcare Trust is kept in the school office along with information on other common childhood problems, including threadworm.

Please contact the school if you have any concerns or would like further information.

Illness

Should your child be ill at school we will contact you during the day. Please fill in the Pupil Information Sheet with all relevant telephone numbers and notify us immediately of any change of employment, address or telephone number. This form is regularly updated and your co-operation is appreciated.

IT IS VITAL THAT THIS INFORMATION IS KEPT UP TO DATE.

If your child has been sick or had diarrhoea, they should not return to school until 48 hours after their last incident. Any children who have sickness or diarrhoea whilst at school will need to be collected immediately.

First Aid

If your child has a minor accident at school a ‘General Accident Note’ on white paper will be sent home with your child detailing the injury sustained and any treatment given. Parents will be advised if a child sustains a head injury at school by a pink paper outlining what happened together with any treatment given and guidance on when and where to seek further medical advice if necessary. Your child will also be wearing a sticker to alert parents of any injury to the head. If school is concerned following a bump to the head parents will be contacted to inform them of the matter.

Medicines

If your child has need of ongoing medication, e.g. for asthma, please contact the school office in the first instance who will advise on the best course of action.

For children who have a condition such as diabetes, please contact the school office who will arrange for the Medical Liaison Teaching Assistant to discuss your child’s requirements.

Any medicines that are retained in school must be clearly marked with the child’s name, class, dosage, frequency and instructions for administering.

Eye medication cannot be administered by school staff under any circumstances.

Prescribed Medicines

  • if your child requires antibiotics or prescribed medicines to be administered 3 times per day doses should be given before school, after school and before bedtime.
  • If your child requires antibiotics or prescribed medicines to be administered 4 times per day:
    • an adult must bring the medication into the school office at the beginning of the school day and collect it at the end of the school day, having completed a ‘Request to Administer Medication form
    • Medication will be stored in the School Office fridge if necessary.
    • A lunchbreak supervisor will administer the medication just before lunchtime.
    • All medication must be in original packaging, with the pharmacy label clearly showing the child’s name, dosage required and frequency of medication. A spoon must also be provided.