At Barndale House, we have a Nursing Service consisting of Special School Nurses who work Monday to Friday during School hours. We can be contacted during this time to discuss any concerns you may have about your child. However, we must emphasise that parents have primary responsibility for their child’s health.
Claire Dixon: Monday and Tuesday
Ruth White: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
We work with the Children’s Community Nursing Team based at Wansbeck General Hospital and adhere to both Trust and School Policies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each child.
Every child has an individual and confidential Child Health Record held at School which contains relevant medical and social information and requires your permission to share with other healthcare professionals concerned with your child. This permission should be given on our Community Nursing Care Plan form.
Part of our role is to assess children with medical problems within the School environment, control and administration of medications, carrying out routine observations such as height and weight and attending to complex medical needs and emergency diagnosis.
We also maintain links with specialist services such as dieticians, the continence service and paediatric consultants to whom we can refer your child at your request. We also carry out a range of health promotion activities and work with classroom staff to provide advice and resources.
It is important to keep our records up to date, so please inform us immediately if there are any changes to your child’s medication.
In order for any medication to be administered in school, written instructions must be given by parents or carers. This also applies to antibiotics or any other short term medication. Forms for short term medication can be obtained from the school nurse. These must be signed and returned to school prior to any medication being administered at school.
Any medication being sent to school should be handed directly to the escort on your child’s transport; or alternatively, they should be informed that medication is contained in your child’s school bag. Please also inform the school office. Medication will be locked in a medical cupboard or fridge and administered by our school nurse or a member of staff. All medication must be clearly labelled with your child's name and dosage on an official pharmacy label.
Medication will be safely transported for residential visits and outings.
Contact School Nurse on 01665 602541.