Medical Matters

Hurt or Unwell at School

First Aid equipment is kept in the Office, in the pool area and is taken on all school trips.

Most staff have current Basic First Aid qualifications.

Children are generally sent to the office for treatment. You will be informed of treatment given.

For more serious injury or when a child is unable to cope with the normal demands of school, because he/she feels unwell, we will contact parents immediately.

An ambulance will be called in an emergency and a member of staff will accompany the child to hospital if the parent cannot be reached in time.

Common Medical Issues / Personal Hygiene

Children are often vulnerable to infections, some of which can be avoided using basic hygiene therefore:

  • Children are encouraged to make a habit of thorough washing and drying of hands before meals and after using the toilet.
  • They should bring a handkerchief or tissues and know what to do with them after use. Tissues are kept in class for emergencies.
  • When dealing with blood and body fluids staff is advised to assume they may be infectious and disposable gloves are used.
  • We will cover cuts and abrasions with plasters. Please let us know in writing if your child has an adverse reaction to plasters.
  • Thorough combing and weekly inspection of your child’s hair is recommended to avoid an infestation of hair lice. (Nits are the egg cases.) Should you find these unwelcome visitors, please let the school know so that we can remind others to check and contact the doctor or chemist for the current treatment to use. We expect any hair that is long enough to be tied back, preferably plaited, to thwart the opportunist louse.

Medicine

In most cases if a child has been prescribed medicine, the child is unwell and should be kept at home.

However the following pupils may require medication at school:

  1. Those who have suffered an acute medical condition but are regarded by a doctor as no health risk to others and fit to return to school provided a prescribed medicine is taken.
  2. Those who suffer certain chronic conditions (e.g. asthma, cystic fibrosis, allergic reaction) but can satisfactorily attend school provided they are given a regular dose of medicine or medication is available in an emergency.

Medicine To Be Taken Three Times Daily

If your child has medicine that is required to be taken three times a day, then please administer this at home:

  • Before school
  • After school
  • In the evening

Medicine To Be Administered "in loco parentis"

If parents wish the school to administer medicines "in loco parentis" we need a written request detailing the medication to be given along with the frequency, dosage and any other relevant information.

A request form is available from the School Office.

No medicine will be given without written instructions.

We are not medically trained beyond basic first aid and reserve the right to refuse to administer certain medication, in which case the parent may come to school at the appropriate times.

The parent must bring any medication that the school has agreed to administer to the school office in a suitable container clearly labelled with:

  • The child's name
  • The name of the medicine
  • The dosage and timing
  • The date of issue and expiry

The medicine should preferably be packed and labelled professionally.

Where possible, not more than one week's supply should be sent at one time.

No medicine should be left with the child.