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Medical Information

The school has first aid trained staff who are on hand throughout the school day to administer medical help if a student is unwell, injured or requires medication. If your child has a specific medical need, please ensure the school is informed and has all up to date information.

Keeping Hydrated

It is very important to ensure that we do not dehydrate. As well as keeping our bodies fit and healthy it will also help keep concentration levels higher and therefore improve performance at the school. Can you please ensure that your son/daughter brings a bottle of water with them to school - this can be re-filled at the water fountain. Any fizzy drinks or energy drinks WILL BE CONFISCATED. Cups are not available from students services or the main office and students are not permitted to leave lessons to visit the medical room for a drink.

24 Hour Rule

Any student who has suffered diarrhoea and /or vomiting should be kept at home for 24 hours AFTER symptoms have gone away to avoid further spread.

This directive comes from the Health Protection Agency - Guidance of Infection Control in Schools and other Child Care Setting.

Asthma Inhalers

Inhalers for the relief of asthma must be immediately available and students with asthma are encouraged to carry their inhaler with them at all times. It is also very important that the school is provided with a spare inhaler in case the student's own inhaler runs out, is lost or forgotten. All inhalers must be labelled with the student's name and should be left in the medical room in case of emergency.

Coping with Hayfever

Please ensure your child takes their medication before they come to school (e.g. antihistamines, eye drops, nasal sprays, etc.).

Spare medication may be left in the medical room for emergencies. All medicines held and dispensed by the medical room must be provided in their original packaging and must have a parent/guardian's written consent.

Please ensure that your child has ample supplies of tissues. A little pot of Vaseline is also useful - your child can dab a little under his/her nose to provide a lubricating barrier to the constant irritation from blowing and rubbing.

Safety in the Sun

PROTECTING HEALTH AND REDUCING HARM FROM SEVERE HEAT AND HEATWAVES

Bright, hot summer days are what many of us look forward to for the rest of the year – especially in cold, wet England!

However, while we’re enjoying the balmy days of summer, we should not forget that the temperature can get too high, that it can become uncomfortably hot, and for some, it can become dangerously hot.

NHS England has provided the following guidance during a heatwave.

Stay out of the heat:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down:

  • Have plenty of cold drinks and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • Take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck

Keep your environment cool:

  • Keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves
  • Place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature
  • Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
  • Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun. However, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains as these can absorb heat – consider replacing or putting reflective material in-between them and the window space
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
  • Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air
  • If possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping

Look out for others:

  • Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool
  • Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars
  • Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave
  • Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed

If you have a health problem:

  • Keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging).
  • Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications. If you or others feel unwell:
  • Try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache; move to a cool place as soon as possible and measure your body temperature.
  • Drink some water or fruit juice to rehydrate.
  • Rest immediately in a cool place if you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen) after sustained exercise during very hot weather. Drink oral rehydration solutions containing electrolytes.
  • Medical attention is needed if heat cramps last more than one hour.
  • Consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist.

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