Medical Information

Accidents and Illness

The Academy has a team of First Aiders who respond to any illness or accidents. A pupil who feels unwell at school should ask a member of staff for permission to go to the Pupil Guidance Leaders to assess them. In all cases of illness and accidents every effort will be made to inform parents. Moreover, under certain circumstances, the pupil may need to go home or be taken to hospital for further treatment. In view of this, it is important that the Academy is notified of all changes of addresses or telephone numbers so we can contact you in an emergency. Please note that we do not allow pupils to make their own arrangements to go home, and in most cases would expect them to be collected.

If your child is returning to the Academy following an operation, prolonged absence due to illness, or a broken limb, please contact the Pupil Guidance Leader for your child’s Phase to discuss any special arrangements that may be needed, for example a pupil with a broken leg will need an alternative provision for PE.

We would also be grateful if you could please notify the Academy by 10am if your child will not be attending school due to an illness. Medical Evidence may be requested to support a continued period of absence.

Medicines in School

Regular attendance is vital for every child, and the Academy will do all that it can to maintain attendance figures to ensure that pupils receive a good education. At some time, most children will have short term medical needs, perhaps involving the taking of medication, but this should not affect their attendance. However, some children may have longer term medical needs, and these may require medication on a long term basis: for example children with epilepsy, diabetes, etc.

Where medicines need to be administered, these are the procedures to follow:

  • Medicines should only be taken at school where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine was not administered during the school day. The Academy can only accept medicines which have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse or other medical practitioner. Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration.
  • We will only allow/administer non prescribed drugs (eg Paracetamol) where parents have completed an “Administration of Medicine” Form (available from the Main Office or to download here: Administration of Medicines Form).
  • Medicines should always be provided in the original container and include manufactures instructions for administration.
  • The Academy is unable to allow/administer any medicines that contain Ibuprofen or Aspirin unless they have been prescribed by a doctor.
  • Medicines will be stored in a locked cabinet during the day or a locked fridge where necessary.
  • A record will be made of when the medicine was dispensed.

Under no circumstances will medication, even non-prescription drugs such as Paracetamol, be allowed/administered without a completed and signed “Administration of Medicine” Form.

Self-Management

In some circumstances, where it may be more appropriate for the child to manage their own medication, an “Administration of Medicine” Form must be completed and signed by a Parent/Carer. Under no circumstances will a child be allowed to self-manage even non-prescription drugs such as Paracetamol without a completed and signed “Administration of Medicine” Form.

DOWNLOAD:  Administration of Medicines Form

Pupils are responsible for their own inhalers, Epipens, etc, but spares may be left in the medical room.

It is the Parent/Carers responsibility to maintain an in-date supply of medication and inform the Academy of any changes. This includes inhalers, etc.

Immunisations

Key Dates

18th September 2017 – HPV Vaccination for Year 8 Girls (Dose 1)
19th February 2018 – Teenage Booster + Meningitis ACWY Vaccination for Year 9
30th April 2018 – HPV Vaccination for Year 8 Girls (Dose 2)

Further Information

LINK:  Health for Teens
HealthforTeens is a health promotion website for young people aged between 11-16 years, which offers health advice through interesting articles and interactive content. Young people can find out more about vaccinations and other health issues by clicking the link above.

LINK:  Video: 5 Rumours About the HPV Vaccine
A short animated film which squashes all the rumours about HPV, explains what HPV is and the protection the HPV vaccine offers against cervical cancer.

DOWNLOAD:  HPV Vaccination Guide

DOWNLOAD:  HPV Consent Form