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Medical & First Aid

Our on-site Medical room is intended for students with urgent medical needs or the treatment of pre-existing conditions. In order to deter students from abusing this privilege, any student who feels unwell must now alert their classroom teacher, who will call a “walkabout” member of staff to collect them and deliver them directly to the First Aid room for treatment. Students are not permitted to self-present unless in an emergency.

Miss D Ainsworth - School Nurse: wpbmedical@woolwichpolyboys.co.uk

Medical Room Procedures

The Medical room is located in the main building underneath the stairs to the canteen. It is open daily, during break-times non-emergencies (for example, headaches, stomach aches, etc) students may attend without a permission slip. Unless students are receiving treatment or are waiting to be collected by a parent/carer, they will be asked to return to class at the end of break.

Students who become too unwell during a lesson to continue will need to be issued with a permission slip by their teacher before being sent to the Medical room.

Please note: If a student needs to be sent home the parent/carer will be contacted by a member of staff; students must not contact parents/carers themselves via mobile phone to request collection from school.

Any student who currently holds a Medical card, will be permitted to use our Medical room, unescorted. Diabetic students will be permitted to use the room to administer insulin, as required.

What common ailments can the first-aider NOT treat?
  • Unless medication has been provided by the parent/carer with appropriate authorisation, the school cannot provide painkillers or other medications.  Similarly, we are not allowed to administer antiseptic creams or lotions.  
  • Sore throats, coughs and colds; as a school we do not hold any cough mixtures, throat sweets or any other remedies.
  • Hay fever - we can only offer saline solution to bathe their eyes wipes.
  • Headaches/migraines; we can only offer cold water and somewhere quiet to rest.
Medication 

Due to limited on-site storage, medication prescribed or specifically recommended by a GP or specialist consultant, can now be administered by staff. 

In order for permitted medication to be stored and administered in school, parents/carers are required to contact our first aid team by emailing: wpbmedical@woolwichpolyboys.co.uk and also complete the online Parental Agreement for School to Administer Medicine Form.

All medication must be: 

  • Appropriately labelled, showing the original prescription label (including name and date of birth)
  • Provided in reasonable amounts – we cannot store large volumes of medication
  • In its original container and handed directly to the nominated person in our Medical room
  • Accompanied by clear instructions on dosage, frequency of dosage, date of dispense, storage requirements (if any) and expiry date (if available)

Reminder for parents/carers:

  • It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to notify the school if there is a change in medication. 
  • The school will not accept responsibility for dispensing any medication which is not clearly labelled.
  • For the safety of our community, students are not permitted to carry any medication on their person, unless it is an inhaler, insulin or EpiPen.
Asthma

If your child has asthma, or if they have been prescribed an inhaler, please complete the Emergency inhaler consent form. This will allow them to use an emergency inhaler held by the school should their inhaler be unusable. Please note, this is only available whilst on the school premises. Students should carry their own spare inhaler on all school trips. Parents/carers should complete the Health Assessment Form. Please note, students with inhalers should always have a working, in - date inhaler, clearly labelled with their name, with them at all times.     

Students with Food Allergies

If your child has a food allergy, please provide written confirmation of the allergy from their medical professional, along with any treatment required. Parents/carers should complete the Health Assessment Form.

Students with Auto-Injectors

If a student has been prescribed an auto-injector for an allergy, parents/carers should complete the Health Assessment Form and ensure they have provided the school with two auto-injectors. If a student does not have a plan this should be requested from their medical professional. Blank copies are available from this website: https://www.bsaci.org.

Please note, students should carry 2 auto-injectors and antihistamines with them at all times, all medication prescribed or OTC should be handed to the First Aid lead or nominated person.

Students on Crutches

Any student arriving at school on crutches should report at reception to discuss accessing the school site.

 

Contact Us

Hutchins Road
Thamesmead
London
SE28 8AT