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Medical Centre

Our Medical Centre is attached to Bursary/Reception so it is at the heart of the School.

The Medical Centre has three registered nurses who take care of all the children from breakfast until supper and are on call at all times during term time. Apart from general health and first aid we are also involved in the pastoral care of the pupils and are available for chats about general worries and concerns. For those pupils who wish to talk to somebody who is separate from the school there is an independent listener.

We work closely with the local doctors' surgery and one of the General Practitioners has a clinic for boarders, at the Medical Centre, once a week. We recommend that all Boarders are registered with the School Medical Officer.

Boarders

Boarders who are unwell are treated in the Medical Centre and may remain for any portion of the school day. If the Nursing Staff think it is necessary, a boarder may also remain in the Medical Centre overnight and a member of the Nursing Staff will remain with them. Parents will always be informed if this is going to happen.

Day Pupils

Day pupils who are unwell should remain at home until they are fit enough to complete the school day. If a day pupil is taken ill or has an accident during the school day they will be given the appropriate treatment in the Medical Centre; they may also rest for a while or, if unable to continue in school, will be sent home.

Medication

If a child requires medication it should be clearly labelled with the child's name and the dosage required. There will be a form to complete and sign - available from the Medical Centre - giving permission for the Medical Staff to administer the stated medication. If your child is asthmatic it is advisable to keep a spare, named, inhaler in the Medical Centre for use in an emergency.

Vaccinations

It is important that the vaccination history is completed, in full, on the Health Form (your doctor should be able to help if you are unsure of dates). From time to time during your child's school life the medical staff will contact you with information/consent forms for further vaccination plans as recommended by the government. Prompt return of forms giving or refusing consent will be appreciated. These vaccinations will be given by the NHS School Nursing team or at the school doctor's surgery

Viruses

Viruses, such as flu or diarrhoea and vomiting, are easily transmitted between infected and non-infected people, particularly in semi closed environments such as schools. Obviously we have boarders who may not have the option of remaining at home and children with long term medical conditions who would be at risk if exposed to these viruses and it is with these children in mind that we ask you to keep your child isolated at home for 48 hours after symptoms cease and ensure they are well enough to complete the school day.

Head Lice

Head Lice infestation is a recurring problem in all schools and therefore should not be viewed with shame but should be dealt with as soon as they are spotted and checked for on a regular basis. If live lice are spotted on the head you are advised to treat with a recommended head lice lotion from the chemist; it is not necessary to treat if egg cases only, are seen lower down the hair shaft. Brushing the hair vigorously morning and evening is also useful as lice with damaged legs are unable to fix onto the hair and are therefore unable to lay eggs. Using the conditioner and combing method are also a good, if time consuming, ways to deal with head lice.


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