There are two sets of circumstances in which requests may be made for us to deal with the administration of medicines in school:
• treatment for long term complaints such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy
• cases where children are recovering from short term illness, are well enough to return to school but are receiving a course of antibiotics etc. (Children can only be supervised when taking antibiotics if they are sent into school in a small container/bottle containing a single dose). It may of course be possible to change timing so that it can be administered at home.
Under no circumstances will dressings be changed or unusual treatments be undertaken. We have no one medically qualified in school and a child's health is far too precious to risk accidents. Parents are welcome to come in to undertake the treatment after discussion with the Headteacher.
From time to time we experience outbreaks of sickness and diarrhoea. If your child is suffering from these unpleasant symptoms please keep him/her at home until at least 24 hours after the last incidence of vomiting or diarrhoea.
Illness in school
If your child should be taken ill in school, we do our best to make him/her comfortable but we do not have space or people for nursing. You will be contacted and asked to take him/her home.
If your child is involved in an accident requiring hospital treatment, everything possible will be done to contact you. You may be required to give authority for stitches or treatment. If, however, you cannot be reached, an ambulance will be called and you will be able to go direct to the hospital.
These can be distressing to the child and we do our best to limit this embarrassment. However, it may be necessary to call you. If there is a medical problem, we would wish to discuss this with you.