First Aid

The school’s trained first aiders will treat children for minor cuts and bruises, but will telephone parents if children are unwell and need to be collected.

In an emergency, or if the school staff feel that an injury may be a serious cause for concern, the school will arrange for the necessary medical assistance (including transfer of a child to hospital by ambulance). At the same time, the school will contact the child’s parents/carers as soon as possible, but obtaining medical assistance will not be delayed pending contact with parents.

 

Medicines in School

Prescription and non-prescription medicines will only be administered at school:

  • When it would be detrimental to the pupil’s health or school attendance not to do so and
  • Where we have parents’ written consent

The only exception to this is where the medicine has been prescribed to the pupil without the knowledge of the parents.

Pupils under 16 will not be given medicine containing aspirin unless prescribed by a doctor.

Anyone giving a pupil any medication (for example, for pain relief) will first check maximum dosages and when the previous dosage was taken. Parents will always be informed.

The school will only accept prescribed medicines that are:

  • In-date
  • Labelled
  • Provided in the original container, as dispensed by the pharmacist, and include instructions for administration, dosage and storage

The school will accept insulin that is inside an insulin pen or pump rather than its original container, but it must be in date.

All medicines will be stored safely. Pupils will be informed about where their medicines are at all times and be able to access them immediately. Medicines and devices such as asthma inhalers, blood glucose testing meters and adrenaline pens will always be readily available to pupils and not locked away.

Medicines will be returned to parents to arrange for safe disposal when no longer required.

If your child is well enough to attend school and must have medication administered during the school day, please first complete and sign the Request Administration of Medication and take it along with the medicine to the school office. For further information, please see our Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs policy (located on our Policies & Procedures page).

Medicine must be taken to the school office at the beginning of each school day, where it will be kept securely, and must be collected at the end of the school day by a parent or carer.

Parents or carers may come into school to administer the medicine or a first aid trained member of staff will administer it and record the dose given. Children must go to the school office to take the medicine and will not routinely be collected by staff, therefore please also let your child’s class teacher know so they can help support your child to go to the office at the correct time.

If your child seems unwell, school will contact you or your emergency contact and may stop administering the medication until medical advice has been sought.