Students who become unwell during the school day, should be referred to the Medical Office by their Head of Year or Pastoral Coordinator.
The First Aider will assess the student and if necessary, admit the student to the Medical Office.
The First Aider will monitor students being referred and will notify the Head of Year when students are being regularly referred. No student will be sent home unless they are collected. Students will be sent back to class if deemed well enough.
Administration of medicines
Students are not permitted to carry medication around school but should hand it in directly to the Medical Office for safe keeping as soon as they arrive at school. Students will then be permitted to take the medication at break time or lunch time as per written parental instructions which should be accompanied with the medication. This arrangement is in place for any student who takes medication for any illness or complaint, for example, colds, headaches/migraine, toothache, or earache.
Bullers Wood School for Girls is not permitted to supply medication to students.
Short-Term Medical Needs – Any students who need to take medicines during the day at school: This will usually be for a short period only, to support with this, we ask you to please complete the Consent for Medication form, available to download below. This would ensure students minimise the time that they need to be absent.
Long-Term Medical Needs – It is important to have sufficient information about the condition of any student with long-term medical needs. For students who attend hospital appointments on a regular basis, special arrangements may also be necessary. Copies of appointment letters or cards should be given to the Head of Year and the appropriate Attendance Officer in the school office prior to attending the appointment. This information is to be included in the Individual Health Care Plan, Asthma Card and Allergy Action plan (available to download below).
Non-emergency Medication – This must be handed in to the Medical Office and is administered there under the supervision of the First Aider. All students are encouraged to administer their own medication but, if necessary, the First Aider will help students take their medication safely. No child under 16 should be given medicines without their parents’/carers’ written consent. Non-emergency medication brought in for one day may be collected by the student from the Medical Office at the end of the day.
Prescribed Medicines – Medicines should only be brought to school when essential; that is where it would be detrimental to a student’s health if the medicine were not administered during the school day. Bullers Wood School for Girls can only accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor or dentist. Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration.
The student should come to the Medical Room when they need to take their medication. All students with medical conditions have easy access to their emergency medication.
Students should carry with them their asthma inhalers, insulin and adrenaline pens. These should be clearly named.
Parents or Carers should pass spare inhalers, adrenaline auto-injectors or insulin to the Medical Office.