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The Medical Room is situated in the student reception area and it is here that students can come for First Aid or if they feel unwell.
Should it be necessary for a student to be sent home or if further treatment is required, the Medical Administrator (MA) will call the emergency contact(s) parents have supplied to the school, in order of priority.
It is essential that one named contact is available and able to collect your child at any time during school hours; the school must be able to easily contact you, or other designated adult, should the need arise. Any changes in address, home/work/mobile telephone numbers or medical history must be notified to student reception in writing immediately.
In the event of an emergency requiring urgent hospital treatment, the parent (or other emergency contacts) will be contacted as soon as possible by the school and given hospital details.
If your child has, or develops, any condition that requires medical or long term treatment e.g. allergies, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, please inform the MA so that such factors can be taken into consideration and support offered where necessary. (All such information is covered by the Data Protection Act.)
Please do not send your child into school if unwell. If your child has had diarrhoea or vomiting, they must stay away from school for 48 hours. Your GP will advise about the length of time your child must stay away from school if they are suffering from an infectious disease.
In accordance with current Health and Safety requirements, the MA can supervise prescribed and some non-prescribed medication. Where possible please ask your doctor to prescribe medication in dose frequencies which enable it to be taken outside school hours.
Students are not allowed to carry any medicines with them in school the only exceptions are inhalers and Epipens and other medicines/equipment identified on individual healthcare plans.
If your child is prescribed short-term medication, the following procedure must be followed if you wish the MA to administer it during the school day:
Parents should bring in any medication and complete a MED1 Form (for prescribed medication) or a MED2 form (for non-prescribed medication) giving full instructions for administration. Forms are available to download from the website or from the MA. A separate MED 1 or MED2 form needs to be completed for different medications. The medication must be in a recognised container/box with name of child, name of drug and dosage with dispensing instructions. The responsibility for delivery and collection of medication required rests with the family and students who are responsible for ensuring they attend at their designated times.
When medication is given, the MA will supervise, log it and monitor your child for any side effects. Please contact the MA if you require any help or advice in this matter.
- Students with asthma are required to have their inhaler with them at all times.
- Students with epipens are required to carry them at all times.
Medication for School Trips
Students must not carry any medication on them, the exception being asthma inhalers and epipens. If, due to their medical condition, they require either or both of these items the student must carry them at all times. If they do not have them they will not be allowed on the trip. Please contact the MA or the Trip Leader for further information.
For travel sickness only parents can provide one dose of non-prescription travel sickness medication for the return trip, to be placed in a sealed envelope with full details of the medication and time to be taken by the student.
Please let the MA know well before a trip if you wish your child’s medication that is kept in school to be taken on the trip by the trip leader.
NB MED 1 Forms are not required for asthma inhalers.
For health and safety reasons under no circumstances are students allowed to bring aerosols into school. This includes deodorant, anti-perspirant and perfume
Nut Free School and Nut Allergies
We strive to provide a safe learning environment for all children. Some of our students suffer with life threatening nut allergies. An allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) can occur through ingestion of nut products, cross contamination and breathing nut dust in the air.
We ask all members of the school community for their help in minimising the risk to these children by:
- Avoiding giving children nuts or nut products in their packed lunches
- HCL (School caterer) do not knowingly have any nuts on site and all recipes are nut free (some products could come from sites that may contain nuts)
- Avoiding giving nuts or nut products or snacks/bars containing nuts for break time snacks
- Avoiding supplying the school with cakes or food items containing nuts for birthday celebrations, sales or events
- Avoiding sending containers such as cereal boxes for DT / Art lessons into school which may have contained produce made with nuts
Mrs A McGee & Mrs E Colbeck
Please see below, for MED1 & 2 forms. Policies relating to First Aid and Supporting Students with Medical Conditions can be found in the Medical section of our policies page.