Handbook-Medical

Medical Matters

Injuries

Minor injuries occurring within school are dealt with by staff trained in basic first aid. All injuries are recorded in our accident book and a note is sent home to you via your child’s book bag.

Whenever a member of staff is concerned about the seriousness of injury, one of our three senior first aiders will be consulted.  If it is considered necessary to seek further medical advice, you will be contacted and asked to collect your child and take them to your GP, drop in centre or A&E as appropriate.  In the case of major emergencies, school staff will phone for an ambulance and contact you as soon as possible.

Illness

Please do not send your child to school if you know they are unwell.  If your child has sickness or diarrhoea, we ask you not to send him/her into school for at least 48 hours after the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea. Please also ensure that they have fully digested a meal the day before returning to school. This ensures your child has fully recovered but also helps prevent the spread of illness to other pupils and staff.

Some common childhood illnesses are very contagious or infectious, e.g. chickenpox, measles, impetigo etc. We have Health Protection Agency guidelines for how long children should be kept off school in these cases. Please check with the school office before your child returns to school.

If your child becomes ill during the day, we will contact you by phone and request that you (or a named representative), collects him/her. Please ensure that all contact numbers are kept up to date by informing us if you change address, your place of work or mobile number

Medicine

In most cases, where children are suffering with short-term illnesses but have been prescribed medication and are well enough to be in school, we would expect medicines to be prescribed in dose frequencies which enable them to be taken outside school hours. However if this is not the case, you (or a named representative) are welcome to come into school to administer medicine. If this is not possible, parents/carers of the child must complete and sign a parental agreement form for the school to administer medicine and we will arrange for one of our senior First Aiders to administer any medication for you.

Supporting pupils with longer term medical conditions

Section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014 places a duty on the Governing Body to make arrangements for supporting pupils with medical conditions.  In doing so they should ensure that such children can access and enjoy the same opportunities at school as any other child.  For these pupils we consult with health and social care professionals, pupils and parents to ensure that the needs of children with medical conditions are effectively supported. If you have a child with a long term illness or condition, please discuss your child’s medical needs with the Headteacher in the first instance. Inhalers and Epipens

Children who require inhalers or epipens should keep an in date one in school so it is available at all times. All inhalers and epipens should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Epipens are stored safely in a central location and will only be administered in an emergency by a trained member of staff. When supervision for administering an inhaler is required this will be carried out by a First Aid trained member of staff.  Children in Key Stage 2 who go to swimming lessons must take their inhalers with them.

The School Nurse

Our school nurse works with several local schools. In addition to liaising with schools and parents on general health issues, she is also responsible for staff training in the administration of medicines, e.g. epipens, as appropriate. The Blaby School Nurse Team can be contacted on 0116 2153239

Healthy Child Programme Services – Healthy Together

Healthy Together is the name for the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme services (largely health visiting and school nursing services) which will continue to be provided by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT).  They will continue to provide local families with the care they need, including targeted support and early intervention where appropriate. However, because the overall service specification has changed, you will see some differences in the way they work. The information sheet outlines the care pathways, and this short film provides an overview of the support they offer to primary school pupils

Primary school short film – Click here

This short film gives an overview of the ChatHealth Messaging Service for Parents and Carers of Children & Young People aged 0-19 in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland – Click here

Getting help and advice

Children can learn about different aspects of their physical and emotional health in a fun and interactive way by visiting the Health for Kids website. All the content on the site is written and overseen by health experts, and the site was co-designed with local children. New games, quizzes and activities are added regularly, and there is also a section for parents and carers which provides advice on a range of issues. Recently added content covers speech and language development, helping children to improve fine and gross motor skills and oral health.