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Illness and Medicines

The school adheres to guidance and recommendations made in the publication Managing Medicines in School and Early Years Settings issued March 2005 Reference: 1448-2005DCL-EN. 

There are regulations regarding Medicines in a School Setting. Only certain medication is allowed to be carried by pupils whilst in school. By law parents must give written consent for their child to carry their own medication and to be given medication. Conditions such as allergy causing anaphylaxis, asthma and diabetes mean pupils need to carry their own medication whilst at school. For other recognised and diagnosed medical conditions there is medical provision for medication in school. However unless it is deemed essential for their condition (e.g. the above and certain migraine medication) the pupil is not allowed to carry their own medication. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure that medication is handed into the main office, preferably to the nurse or first aider. The medication should remain in school and not be returned home at the end of the day. 

Medication should be in date, it is NOT the school’s responsibility to notify parents if medication has gone out of date. Parents will also be responsible for ensuring there is an adequate supply of medication for their child whilst at school. Any out of date medication should be collected by parents. All medication should be taken home by pupils at the end of each year.

Anaphylaxis medication - Parents should supply a clear plastic box clearly labelled with the child’s name on all sides. Individual protocols and a recent photograph of the pupil should be included in the box along with their medication. Parents/carers of pupils with anaphylaxis medication should make a note of expiry dates to ensure medication is renewed when necessary. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure medication is in date.

Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs

Cambourne Village College believes in promoting equal opportunities for all pupils in every aspect of school life. The school will judge each pupil’s needs individually as young people vary in their ability to cope with poor health or a particular medical condition. Parents/carers have responsibility for their child’s health and should provide the school with information about their child’s medical condition.  There is a lift in the main reception area.

Medication

Medicines should only be taken at school when essential: that is where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the school day. We would encourage parents to ask the prescriber to consider the use of medicines that only need to be taken outside school. Conditions such as an allergy causing anaphylaxis, asthma and diabetes mean pupils need to carry their own medication whilst at school. For other recognised and diagnosed medical conditions there is medical provision for medication in school. However unless it is deemed essential for their condition (e.g. certain migraine medication) the pupil is not allowed to carry their own medication in this instance. If medication were required three times a day, it could be taken before school, after school and before bedtime so as to obviate the need to bring medicines into school. Parents/carers should complete Medication Form 1 for medication that has been prescribed by the doctor or for analgesics bought over the counter.

Parents/carers should also complete Medication Form 3 if they wish their child to be allowed to carry their own medication at school i.e. inhalers. Medicines should always be provided in the original container or box as dispensed by the pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration. The child’s name, the prescribed dose and expiry date should also be clear. The school will not accept medicines that do not conform to the above rule.

Over-the-counter preparations such as paracetamol should also be in the original packaging with instructions, child’s name and date of birth, dosage and expiry date clear. Medication Form 1 can be used for these items.

No child will be given medicines without their parent/carer’s written consent.

Recognised Medical Conditions

Recognised Medical Conditions such as:

  • Migraine or regular severe headache - as diagnosed by GP
  • Period Pain    
  • Osgood Schlatters Disease
  • Hay Fever
  • Eye Drops    
  • Infection requiring Antibiotics

Written parental/carer consent is required. Parents/carer should complete Medication Form 1. Please follow the advice given above for long term medication. If your child has a condition that requires medication during school hours but is not listed above then please contact the nurse. The nurse is available during school hours to discuss any queries you may have regarding medication in school.

No child will be given medicines without parent/carer’s written consent.

Illness

If a pupil is unwell they should not be in school. Please do not send your child to school if they are ill. Any pupil who vomits and or has diarrhoea or has a temperature will be sent home. Pupils who have vomited and or had diarrhoea within the last 48 hours should not be sent to school. If your child has had diarrhoea or vomiting it is recommended that the period that pupils should be kept away from school is 48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. Parents/carer should contact the pupil absence line to inform the school if their child is going to be off school ill.

If your child becomes unwell/injured whilst at school

If your child becomes unwell/injured whilst at school they should inform their teacher. The teacher will send them to see the nurse/first aider. During lesson periods pupils should go to the Medical Room. The Medical Room is situated along the main corridor next to the Exams Office. If the nurse/first aider is not in the Medical Room the pupil should go directly to the general office and inform staff they need to see the nurse/first aider. The nurse is in the Medical Room during break and lunch times. Pupils will always be examined by the nurse/first aider and appropriate treatment undertaken. If it is felt that a pupil needs to go home then a parent/carer will be contacted and asked to collect their child. Parents/carers should ensure contact details are current and that they have arrangements in place for their child to be collected from school should the need arise. A responsible adult should collect them. Pupils will generally not be allowed to walk home, or catch a bus alone. If the nurse/first aider sends a pupil home they will either ask the pupil to complete the school leaving book or complete it themself. The nurse/first aider will email staff that the pupil has gone home. When the nurse is at lunch or unavailable there are alternative first aid arrangements using first aid trained staff. Pupils should attend the main office and they will be directed appropriately.

Accidents and Emergencies

If a pupil has an accident at school, they will be examined by the nurse/first aider and appropriate treatment undertaken. If there are concerns about the injury parents will be contacted and asked to refer the child to the GP or Accident Department at the local hospital. If a parent/carer cannot be contacted and it is felt the pupil requires immediate medical attention, then an ambulance will be called. If a parent/carer cannot be contacted then a staff member will accompany the pupil in the ambulance and remain with the child until a parent/carer arrives. Staff will notify parents/carer as soon as reasonably possible about the incident.

School Trips / Visits

The school follows all procedures as set out in the County School Visits guidance. In essence, the rules on administration of medicine are concordant with those in the guidance. The school visits policy can be viewed on the school website.

PE and Activities

Most children with medical conditions can participate in physical activities and extra-curricular sport. Some children may need to take precautionary measures before or during exercise, and may also need to be allowed immediate access to their medicines such as asthma inhalers. Staff and pupils should make sure such medication is accessible. If it is not possible for the pupil to carry their own inhaler themselves, they should make sure it is given to the staff member in charge of the sport or activity. To avoid confusion (as there may be several inhalers handed in) any inhaler should be labelled or marked clearly with the pupil’s name. Parents have a responsibility to clearly name medication. Staff cannot be held responsible if unable to give medication because it is not correctly named.

Issued 06 July 2012 by Susan While-Paddon (Comberton Village College School Nurse)