Medical and Health
School Health Service
The School Nursing service works in partnership with children, young people and their families to ensure that pupil’s health needs are supported within their school and their community.
Your School Nursing team is led by qualified nurses who have a Specialist Community Public Health degree. The team consists of Community Staff Nurses, Community Nursery Nurses, School Nurse Assistants and Administrators. School Nurses work closely with a number of other services, including Education, GPs, the Voluntary Sector, Youth Services and Hampshire Children's services. They can often signpost you to the most appropriate organisation to help you.
Please follow the link below to complete a referral form for The School Nursing Team:
Young children can become ill quite quickly. Every care is taken to ensure they are well looked after in school but on the occasions when children become sick, or have tummy upsets or headaches, the school's policy is to send them home as soon as possible. The school has limited medical facilities so it is therefore in everyone's interest to ensure that a sick child is returned to the care of her/his parents quickly. Parents are requested to leave their home telephone number, mobile number and work's number with the school, or an alternative number whereby they or a suitable friend/relative can be contacted easily.
Whilst every effort will be made to contact parents in the event of an accident, there may be times when urgent medical treatment is essential. On these infrequent occasions children will be sent to the nearest hospital as quickly as possible, accompanied by a member of staff. Parents should inform the school of any medicines/drugs etc which must NOT be administered to their child.
Children should never be sent to school if they are unwell. Not only can infection be easily spread, but a sick child will not be able to receive the attention she/he deserves.
Diarrhoea and vomiting - 48 hour rule
Diarrhoea and vomiting commonly affects children and staff and can be caused by a number of different germs, including viruses, parasites and bacteria. Infections can be easily spread from person to person (often by unwashed hands), especially in chldren. Following NHS guidance children must stay away from school until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours and feel well. If your child is sick at school, we will ask you or your emergency contact to collect your child. They should not return for 48 hours after being symptom free. We appreciate that this is inconvenient in many cases however it does reduce the risk of infection to others within the school. As an example, if your child is sick at lunchtime on a Tuesday they should not return to school until after lunch on Thursday providing ther have been no further episodes of vomitting or diarrhoea. We appreciate your support with this matter.
On occasions children may bring prescribed medicine or tablets to school and these will be administered at set times. These do not include proprietary brands of medicine or cough sweets, such as ‘Tunes', which should be left at home. All medicine, clearly labelled with the child's name, class and the dosage required, should be left in the School Office and a form will need to be completed which is a written authority for a member of staff to administer it.