Procedures for managing prescription medicines which need to be taken during the school day:
Medicines should only be taken to school when essential; that is where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the school day. The school accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor or dentist or a pharmacist prescriber (only if the medicine needs to be taken more than 3 times a day).
Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed and the child’s name on the prescription label, including the prescriber’s instructions for administration. Arrangements must be made in advance and a consent form signed by the parent.
Medicines that need to be taken three times a day can be taken in the morning, after school hours and at bedtime and therefore do not need to be administered whilst the pupil is at school.
Inhalers and Epipens:
Epipens are kept in the dining hall on the left of the hatch area in the cupboard – marked with an Epipen sign. Inside the cupboard are all the Epipens, each one in a container with the pupil’s name and picture on the front. Details of the child and next of kin are inside. This tub is replicated in each child’s classroom. It is the responsibility of the parents to update these Epipens when necessary. Training is given to staff by the school nurse at regular intervals. As with Asthma treatments one of these tubs will be taken on any trips involving those particular pupils. A picture of any child needing an Epipen will be kept in the front inside cover of their class register; this will inform any member of staff/supply teacher that a pupil in their class may need Epipen treatment.
treatments will be kept in the classroom in a place where the child may access them if necessary but must not be available to other children. It is the responsibility of the parents to update these inhalers when necessary. These inhalers will be taken on trips, ideally carried by the child.
If your child has been sick or had an upset stomach, they must not come into school until 24 hours after the last episode.