Medical Matters

Administration of Medicine

If children need to be administered medicication during school hours, it is important that parents complete the “Authorisation of Administration of Medicines” form.  This  gives full details and permission regarding the administration of such medicines, and available either from the secretary, or it can be found in the link below.

All bottles should be clearly labelled with the name of the child and any instructions on dosage etc. Staff are only able to administer prescribed medication.  A record is kept by staff of time and dose of medicine administered during school hours. Such medication is kept in a central place (School Office) away from children’s access.  Where required medication will be taken on on school trips - eg Epipen.  

ALL MEDICINES BROUGHT TO SCHOOL MUST BE HANDED TO EITHER THE HEADTEACHER OR THE SCHOOL SECRETARY.

 

Inhalers

Children suffering from asthma and certain other long-term conditions are recorded on a class list that is held by each class teacher.  

All inhalers are stored in the school office and are accessible throughout the school day. When we go out of school (on trips for example) inhalers are carried by a designated member of staff or, where appropriate, we may ask older children to carry their own medication.

For more information regarding administration of medicine in school, and how we support children with more complex medical needs please see our policy on Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions, see the link below.  

School Nursing Service

The objective of The School Nursing Service is to be proactive in promoting health and well being of young people and their families in an accessible and non-stigmatising way.

All children should have the opportunity to realise their full potential in terms of good health, well-being and development. School Nurses work in partnership with parents and professionals to identify and act on problems at the earliest opportunity to ensure the promotion of optimum health.

The shift in emphasis from child health surveillance to child health promotion is designed to give health professionals’ flexibility and scope to decide the most appropriate interventions for both individual families and school communities.

 The core programme includes:

CHILD PROTECTION

SCHOOL ENTRY HEIGHT, WEIGHT, VISION AND HEARING

 IMPORTANT – Please tell your child’s class teacher if there is anything we should know about your child.

Please keep us informed about all illnesses, especially those which could have a bearing on behaviour, attitudes and performance e.g. epilepsy, asthma, poor eyesight, hearing difficulties, allergies, etc.

Our School Nurse, Caroline Nicholls, is available at the Catshill Clinic on 01527 488321, should you wish to discuss any medical matters with her.  Her email contact is whcnhs.schoolhealthnursescatshill@nhs.net

Headlice

The school nurse no longer visits on a regular basis to examine children’s heads. Please keep a careful check on your child’s hair. A leaflet, ‘Head Infestation’ is available from the School office. It deals with many of the myths associated with head lice. The School Nurse is also available to discuss issues, such as ongoing problems with head lice, on the above mentioned telephone number.

PLEASE DO NOT BE EMBARRASSED TO TELL US.

Prompt action can often clear the problem in no time.

 

First Aid

The school has many trained first aiders. All injuries sustained by children are reported and treated appropriately. Parents are advised immediately if their child sustains a significant bang to the head. In all such cases, the child is given a letter to take home so that parents are aware should symptoms develop later.

Cuts and grazes are cleaned with antiseptic wipes or spray (Savlon Dry) to avoid infection and a plaster / dry dressing is applied.

In the unlikely case of the emergency services being called to an incident, parents are naturally advised as soon as possible and arrangements made for them to come to school or to meet at the hospital. A qualified staff member would always accompany a child in such a case and remain with them until parents arrive.