The NHS Healthier Together project have produced a guide on childhood illnesses and whether they should be school. Please read the 'Should your child go to school today?' leaflet which we hope that parents will find useful.
We have a full time trained First Aider and several members of staff with first aid qualifications on duty during the entire college day.
A student who is unwell should approach a teacher who will then sign his/her logbook and arrange for him/her to be seen to in the First Aid Room.
STUDENTS REQUIRING HOSPITAL ATTENTION
If hospital attention is required a parent/guardian will be contacted to arrange this with them. In an emergency situation an ambulance will be called and a First Aider will accompany the student in the ambulance to the Accident and Emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital and parents/guardians will be asked to meet their child there. In all other instances when the first aider considers the health needs of the student necessitate home care, parents/guardians or a designated person will be contacted. We ask that parents comply with this request, as the college cannot be held responsible for the subsequent health of the student if this advice is not taken. In the best interests of a student we do ask that at least 2 emergency contact numbers are made available to the college, and kept updated, so that someone can be contacted swiftly and easily if necessary.
If a student needs medication during the college day it should be brought to the First Aid Room in the original prescription packaging. Homely remedies that needs to be taken during the day should come to the medical room labelled with the student’s name, tutor group and accompanied by a letter giving written instructions of the name and dosage of the medication, the frequency it should be given and the reason the child is taking it.
To avoid students sharing medication with other students we discourage them carrying medication on their persons. No medication of any sort can be given without parental consent.
The college carries a small amount of Paracetamol for use in emergencies. Parents received a consent form to complete to give the college permission to give Paracetamol to their child.
We also discourage students having painkillers at college before 11 in the morning as headaches at that time of day are often caused by dehydration or not having had breakfast.
Inhalers for asthma should be kept with the student at all times and they should be clearly labelled with the student’s name. We recommend that students bring a spare inhaler to school which will be kept securely in the First Aid Room. This is particularly important for students with Epipens. The college does carry spare Salbutamol, but this cannot be given without parental consent.
If it is necessary for a student to carry any medication personally for emergency use please ensure that the college is aware of this as a matter of urgency so that we can be alert to the students health needs.
STUDENTS WITH SEVERE MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND FOOD ALLERGIES
The canteen staff have also been made aware of all students with food allergies and intolerances.
It is extremely important that all teaching and teaching support staff keep an up to date list of all students with severe medical conditions and food allergies in their teaching planner and refer to this when planning any activities involving trigger substances as listed later in this document.
The first aider will keep staff up to date on any changes to the list when students join or leave the college.
It is important that the college is aware of any medical condition a student has which may affect him/her in college. A medical form is issued to all students at the beginning of every academic year. The information is kept on file in the First Aid Room and is confidential within the college. It is important that the information is kept updated and parents are asked to inform or discuss with the first aider either in writing, by telephone, or in person, if there are any changes over the years, or if they have any concerns about any aspect of their child’s health in College.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Occasionally a student is advised by his/her doctor to use crutches around the college. For Heath and Safety reasons the College must be informed before the student comes in on crutches. A risk assessment should also be carried out on the student.
If a student return to study after surgery or long term illness the College need to be notified of their return 24 hours before their return to College so that we can arrange for parent and student to attend a risk assessment meeting. This is to ensure that we have safe procedures in place for the student’s return to study.
HEALTH CARE PLANS
To help the college to identify the level of support that is needed for a student with a chronic medical condition we make sure that the student has a Health Care Plan drawn up in conjunction with the college, parents and medical professionals. This helps to clarify to staff, parents and students what level of support and care the college can provide and helps the first aider assess what constitutes an emergency and how this should be dealt with. We can also assess from this what special provisions need to be made while the student is on site.
These care plans are kept on file in the First Aid Room.
Every year between October and April the school nursing team come to Henry Cort to immunise Year 8 girls for the human papilloma virus (HPV). The vaccine is given in the upper arm. Students can then return to class and continue with the day. They will need 2 injections over a period of 6 months. It is important to have both vaccines to complete the course.
ILLNESS IN CLASS / MINOR ACCIDENT
If a student is unwell or sustains a minor injury in college that needs medical attention, they must be sent to the First Aid Room where they will be assessed and parents contacted if necessary. If they have had a bump to the head, please make sure that they are accompanied. Students should not be encouraged to contact parents themselves. Students should only be sent to the First Aid Room during lesson time if their log books are signed by the teacher responsible for the lesson. A student will not be seen by the fist aider without permission from the teacher. Open access to the First Aid Room is available during break and lunch.
Students should only leave lessons to visit the first aid room if:
- They have injured themselves during the lesson,
- They have suddenly become ill and incapacitated,
- It really cannot wait until break or lunchtime.