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Nurse

The following information is a basic guide to who we are and what we do.

Our Role

Apart from the above we are also here for health promotion.  This encompasses the whole school, for example we have healthy eating week, tooth brushing campaign, head lice awareness and many more.  We are there for the safety and wellbeing of your child/ren whilst in school time.  With this in mind we have a 48 hour policy in place (see below).

Procedures for Illness/Injury

When a student visits the nurses room they are logged on the daily visit log in the SNAP system on the computer.  We evaluate the condition of the student and then decide upon appropriate action.  In most circumstances the child is observed for a period of time appropriate to the complaint and then sent back to class.  In other cases where the child is too unwell to stay in school the parent or guardian will be called to collect the child.  If this is the case the nurse will liaise with the parent upon arrival and give advice before dismissing the child to their care.

48 Hour Rule:

If your child develops vomiting and/or diarrhoea at school, they will be sent home.  This is to avoid potential spread of infection to other children in the school.  They should not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode of illness has elapsed to ensure they are fully recovered.  This rule applies if they become sick whilst at home.

24 Hour Rule:

If your child develops a fever (37.5°C or more), they should not return to school until 24 hours afterwards.

The above rules follow NHS Grampian Public Health guidelines.

School Doctor

We have a school doctor who visits the school once a month.  She is usually asked either by the teachers or ourselves to see children with specific medical conditions.  This is done with the consent of the parents.

Health Visitor

Families with children under the age of 5 years will be allocated a Health Visitor.  These are specially trained nurses who are involved in health promotion and health care of children in this age group.  They are attached to GP surgeries and are available to answer any queries or concerns you may have about your child/ren.

Times

We are available throughout the school day, from 8am to 3pm.

Should you require more information regarding health care in Aberdeen please go to the NHS Grampian Website. http://www.nhsgrampian.org

Forms

As with every other department in the school we require some information on your child/ren. 

For each student we require:

Student Medical Record, which includes their immunisation record and also permission to give over the counter medicines

Medication Authorisation Form for prescribed medication, long or short term.  A separate form must be completed for each medication prior to any medication being administered.

The Student Medical Record allows us to administer basic over the counter medicines to your children should they become ill in school.  This is not done lightly, we take into account the complaint, temperature, vomiting and allergies they may have before we give anything out.   I would ask that you look at this carefully and address thoroughly to facilitate the best care for your child, again this can only be done with your written permission.

All medication is kept in a locked cabinet in the nurse's room, except for epipens which are kept in the cabinet behind the reception desk for easier access.  At the end of each school year we ask that parents pick up their children’s medication.  Medications not collected will be disposed of.

It is important that, should your child/ren develop a new condition, you share this information with us as soon as possible after diagnosis so that we can create an Individual Health Plan, Emergency Action Plan (if required) and make the staff who work with your child aware.

Communication with families is vitally important and is beneficial to everyone concerned.  Any communication that you wish to remain confidential will be respected in accordance with the Nurse’s Code of Conduct set by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Useful Health Contact Information

Police Scotland – 101

Register with a GP (Family Doctor) – call Practitioner Services on 01224 358400 and speak to the registration team

Register with a Dentist – you can either attend at a dental surgery near you or call the Dental Information and Advice line on 0845 456 5990

Register with an Orthodontist – two in the centre of Aberdeen are: Orthoworld on 01224 368404 and The Orthodontic Clinic on 01224 311001

Register with an Optician –please contact your nearest optician and arranging a convenient appointment.  Children up to the age of 18 and in full time education are entitled to a voucher towards the cost of spectacles should they be required.

NHS 24 Out of hours service – 111

NHS Grampian (Hospitals) – 0845 456 6000

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