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Health and Medical

 

The Medical Centre is located in the main school house and is open from 8.00am to 4.30pm Mondays to Fridays.  It is run by the School Nurse, who is assisted by Medical Assistant Susan Greenhalgh.  The Medical Centre is part of our pastoral team and works closely with the Headmistress, Head of Prep School, Divisional Heads, Boarding Staff and Tutors.  The Medical Centre is responsible for regular health checks on all pupils and for dealing with any accidents or illnesses which occur during the school day

Medical Information

It is important that we have up to date medical information and medication consents when your child is in the care of the school whether as a day pupil or a boarder. 

Forms required for girls starting the senior school (this includes girls moving up from KC Prep School):

Medical Report – New Day Girls or New Boarders  
Medication Consent Form
Health Declaration (to be completed at the start of every term)

Thereafter, at the start of every academic year:

Annual medical update
Medication consent form
Health declaration (to be completed at the start of every term)

These forms can be found under Communications on Firefly.

Illness at School

Please do not send your child to school if they are at all unwell.  The Medical Centre is not an in or out patient clinic for day pupils. Those who become ill during the school day should report to the Medical Centre who will inform parents and take care of them until they can be collected.  If the Medical Centre is unavailable, pupils should report to Reception.  The Medical Centre has 5 beds for emergencies and sudden illness and should not be used as an alternative to being at home. 

Any pupil who reports to a teacher of 'feeling unwell' or who is obviously unfit to continue in the class until the next break must go to the Medical Centre. They must be accompanied by another person (pupil or member of staff).  Pupils must not absent themselves without permission to go to the Medical Centre and they may not arrange to be collected themselves.  A member of staff will contact parents to arrange collection, if necessary.

Medicine

All medication to be taken during the school day must be handed to the Medical Centre to be dispensed at surgery times, except inhalers for asthma and epi-pens.  All medication must be in its original container clearly labelled by the pharmacy with a note giving parental consent.  The Medical Centre should be informed if a pupil is having medical treatment. Girls in the Sixth Form may carry paracetamol or Nurofen with them in small quantities, but must not leave them unattended and must not give medicine to another student. There are clear guidelines for staff administering medication and rules about the medication pupils may possess.

Immunisation

All pupils entering the school are expected to be up-to-date with routine immunisations according to the Department of Health guidelines. These may include Diphtheria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, MMR and Meningitis C.  Immunisations will not be given without written consent of parent/guardian.  For further information regarding immunisations please visit www.immunisation.nhs.uk.

Reducing the risk of infection - Day Pupils and Boarders

To reduce the risk of infection, pupils who have suffered from diarrhoea or vomiting, should not return to school within 48 hours of the last symptoms. Similarly, eye infections such as conjunctivitis are very infectious. Those with eye infections should stay away from school for at least twenty-four hours. At the start of every term parents should return a completed Health Declaration to inform us of any new, or  changes in, medical conditions and whether your child has been in contact with anyone with an infectious disease.

Allergies / EpiPens

Having taken advice from the Anaphylaxis Campaign and risk assessed the school site, it has been decided that if a pupil suffers from an allergy, that their EpiPen must be carried with them at all times.  Pupils may also carry a small amount of prescribed anti-histamine with them as well.   Therefore, please ensure that your child has an in date EpiPen with them in school.   In addition, a 2nd EpiPen should be provided to be kept in the main office.  Please ensure this is brought to the Medical Centre in the first instance together with a copy of their care plan.  If you have any problems providing these, please advise the Medical Centre urgently.

Counsellor

We have a school counsellor, Mrs Sonja Jenkins, who visits one day per week.  Her diary is kept within the Medical Centre and appointments are confidential.

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