Great Wood School

"Aim high... and make a difference"

Beaufort Road, Morecambe, LA4 6UB
01524 416971
office@greatwood.lancs.sch.uk

Health and Medical

Link to Health Policies, Information and Forms

School Nurse  School Nurse Information

The School Nurse visits school regularly and is available to meet when convenient to discuss any health needs. To speak to the nurse or arrange an appointment please ring 0300 247 0040.

The school nurse can offer support, advice and guidance regarding your child’s physical and emotional health. If required the school nurse can make referrals to other agencies such as the community paediatrician, audiology, orthoptist, speech therapist and voluntary agencies.

Within the first couple of weeks of your child starting school a health reception pack will be issued containing useful leaflets and information. This will also contain a health questionnaire which needs to be completed and returned in the envelope provided to the school nurse. Once signed this provides consent for the school nurse to continue with development checks such as a height and weight and vision check. You will be informed of all recordings and the nurse will contact you if there are any concerns. The school nurse liaises closely with the reception teacher during your child’s first year. (Transfer in from outer areas will also receive a questionnaire and routine screening will be completed when consent received.)

Illness

Please do not send children to school if they are obviously unwell. Sick pupils do not benefit from being at school and put others at risk of infection. Please use the following guidelines and put your child’s health first.

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On occasion children become unwell during school time and we will contact parents or the emergency contact person so that the child can be taken home. In case of minor accidents or illness where it seems inappropriate for the child to be sent home, or where we have been unable to contact the parent or emergency contact person, we will send home a note explaining the nature of the illness or accident. The school does have a number of staff trained as first aiders and in serious cases of accident or illness a member of staff will take a child directly to hospital.

Allergies

Some pupils may have extreme allergies to peanuts. This includes any food that contains peanuts, peanut oil or other nut additives. These anaphylactic allergies can be so severe that proximity to such a product can be life threatening. We believe that prevention is the best approach. Therefore, we request that parents refrain from sending any such food products to school for lunches and snacks. In the interest of safety, pupils are asked to not to share their food with others. We inform parents before pupils eat as part of the curriculum and any birthday treats are distributed at the end of the school day so that parents can decide if they are allowed.

During Key Stage One the School Nurse attends school to carry out developmental tests and eye tests.
Parents are reminded that it is their own responsibility to check for head lice, threadworms etc. on a regular basis.

 No smoking policy – Smoking is not allowed on any part of the school premises at any time.