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Health & Medicine

Medicines

If your child requires medication, either short term (e.g. antibiotics) or long term (i.e. asthma inhalers), these can be administered by the school office, after parents have completed a consent form.  Please do not send in any form of medication unless previously discussed with the school office - Children are not to keep medicines in their bags.   Pupil medication request form

 

Sickness and Medical Appointments

If your child is unwell during the day, we will telephone you.  If you need to take your child home, we ask you to sign him/her out at the office.  If you need to take your child out of school during the day for a medical appointment, we ask that you put this in writing then come to the school office, where you can sign him/her out.  After a medical appointment, please bring your child to the school office when they return.

Sickness and Diarrhoea

If your child is absent due to sickness & diarrhoea please ensure they are kept home for 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhoea. Link to NHS Guidance

Injuries

Minor injuries are dealt with by school staff who have been first aid trained.  If staff consider that the injury needs further medical attention, we will contact a parent.  In the case of serious injury that requires immediate medical attention an ambulance will be called, and parents contacted.

Head Bumps

If your child should bump their head whilst at school, we will take the following action:

  • Where the bump is considered minor and give no cause for concern, a standard text will be sent to the main parental contact, informing them that their child has sustained a bump to the head and to look in the child’s bag for the associated head bump form.
  • Should we have any concerns regarding the injury, a member of staff will telephone the parents to inform them of the injury and advise them of what steps, if any, need to be taken i.e. collect from school for observation at home.
  • In the case of a severe bump causing serious concern, the school will immediately call the ambulance service and inform the parents by telephone.

All children sustaining a head bump will be given a head bump sticker enabling staff members to continue to monitor them throughout the day, the class teacher will be informed of the injury when the child returns to their classroom.  Additionally, they will receive a completed head bump form informing parents of the date, time and nature of the bump, stating how it was received and what treatment was given. 

We inform parents when a child bumps their head so that parents can keep an eye on their child once they get home from school.  This is because it is possible for a more serious internal injury to occur with no obvious symptoms for several hours. 

Bee/Wasp & Hornet Stings

If a child is stung by a bee/hornet or wasp and the sting is still present we will contact you and ask that you or your GP remove this.  If the sting is not present we will treat the area by using an ice pack to reduce swelling and monitor the child for an allergic reaction, if signs of allergic reaction materialise we will contact you and if more urgent action is required we will phone for an ambulance.  For more advice on Bee/Wasp & Hornet stings please find information from St John Ambulance    

Head Lice

The problem of head lice is always with us — children and school staff alike!  There is no provision for checking children’s heads so we advise that you check your child’s head regularly.  If you do find head lice, we ask that you inform the school office so that we can send home a slip asking parents to check their child's hair. Please be assured that any report of head lice will remain anonymous.  If we see live lice on your child, we will ask that you take him/her home to be treated.  For more advice on this continual problems look at www.onceaweektakeapeek.com 

Ticks

Living in the lovely part of the New Forest that we do there is often a chance that your child will find a Tick attached to them. There is no provision for checking children for ticks so we advise that you check your child regularly.  If your child reports a tick to us or we see a tick on your child we will contact you and ask that you treat your child in this instance or take your child to your GP.  For more advice on this please find Tick Removal Guidance from  Lyme Disease Action   

Threadworm

If your child has threadworm please start treatment as soon as possible, however children are able to continue to attend school. A pharmacist will be able to advise you on the most appropriate treatment for your family, or you may wish to discuss this with your GP.

You will need to take additional hygiene measures at home to prevent it spreading and to reduce the chance of reinfection. NHS Choices offers useful information about threadworm. Please inform your child’s class teacher so that we are also able to take additional hygiene measures in school and so we can alert other parents. Please be assured that any report of threadworm will remain anonymous.

 

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