Most children will at some time in their school career have short term medical needs which involve the administration of medication, such as finishing a course of antibiotics. Some children will be prescribed medication on a long term basis, including reliever inhalers for asthma. In all of these cases the children affected will often be well enough to attend school, but it is appropriate that they receive their medication during college hours.
Whenever possible, parents should ask their doctor to prescribe medication in dose frequencies which can be administered outside of college hours. For example, antibiotics which need to be administered three times a day, can be given before school, after school and in the evening. In the case of an antibiotic, or other prescribed medicine which is to be administered four times a day, the following procedures will apply:
- Medication must be handed in to the college reception by an adult and must be accompanied by the consent form, (available from reception), confirming your daughter/son’s details, the name of the medication and an emergency contact number for the parent.
- Staff will supervise students administering their medication only if the required consent form has been completed in advance by an adult.
- The college will not accept medicines that have been taken out of the container as originally dispensed.
- Medication must always be delivered to and collected from the college reception by an adult.
- Students who have inhalers prescribed for asthma are encouraged to self-administer their medication as soon as is practical.
The college cannot accept responsibility for supervising children taking non-prescription medicines, so these must not be brought into college.
ICC is covered by the Healthy Child Programme service provided by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. The School Nurse is able to support students, staff and parents with concerns about children and young people’s physical and emotional wellbeing in or out of school. It is a confidential service. If you would like to speak to the School Nurse, you can contact them directly at Crawley Hospital on 01293 600300 ext 3266 /1723 or via your child’s Progress Leader, pastoral support or the medical room.
The School Nursing service also runs ‘Chat Health’, a text messaging service for young people aged 11-19. This service is manned 9-4:30 Monday to Friday on a rota by Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (School Nurses). We receive a variety of queries ranging from physical to mental health e.g. relationships, bullying, mental health, self-harm, healthy eating, drugs, alcohol, smoking, safer sex etc. The number for this is 07480 635424 and there are posters and cards in school advertising this.
Healthy U Drop In @Crawley Find it Out Centre
Would you like health information, advice and guidance? – School Nurses from the Crawley Healthy Child Programme team will be at the Crawley Find It Out Centre, Centenary House, Woodfield Road RH10 8GP every Monday during every school holiday between 12 and 4pm.You can either “drop in” and see us or make an appointment on 01293 843327