Meeting the medical needs of students
The staff at Coombe Boys’ School follow the procedures for ‘First Aid and Illness’ and ‘Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Needs’ as stated in the Health & Safety Handbook.
All staff that are first aid trained have completed either the ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ or ‘First Aid at Work’ qualifications.
If a student feels ill during lesson time the teacher will send them with a note to the medical area. Parents are contacted immediately if illness necessitates a student going home or if an accident has occurred. It is important, therefore, that the school has details of parents’ home and emergency telephone numbers. There is also space in your son/daughter’s diary to record an emergency contact number – please ensure that this is filled in and kept up to date. It is very important that we know of any medical situations which arise during a school day, so if your son/daughter feels unwell, they should tell her teacher and report to Reception in the first instance. Students should not be using their mobile phones to contact parents if they feel unwell in school. They should tell the teacher who should sign their diary and send them to the medical room to be assessed by one of the first aiders on duty.
All students who become ill or who have an accident will be assessed by qualified First Aid staff. These staff will decide if it is necessary to contact home and will administer any appropriate treatment. In an emergency, staff will make a decision about seeking further medical advice but in the majority of circumstances, this decision will need to be made by the parents. We would ask you to support us in this matter and that you only make arrangements for your son/daughter to leave school via the office staff. The school does not employ a trained nurse, therefore students with any medical conditions should be taken to their GP by the parents/carers and not sent to school for diagnosis.If your son/daughter sustains an injury over the weekend, please ensure they are dealt with before returning to school.
Prescription medication: Individual pupils who are undergoing a course of treatment should leave their tablets or medicine in the care of the School Office. These should be in a separate container, clearly labelled with the pupil’s name, the name of the drug, the dosage and the expiry date of the drug. On each occasion when a pupil needs to bring medicine into school, we will need a separate letter from the parent with full details of the needs of the child.
Please see the medication form at the bottom of the page.
Non-Prescription pain relief: Occasionally a child will come to us with a minor pain (e.g. an earache or headache) and there will be times they ask for a pain relief. The school’s policy is that we do not supply pain relief to students without written permission from the parent/carer. The child must also have their own supply of tablets that will be kept in the medical room.
the spread of infection
We do not hold student inoculation records at the school.
Records of inoculations that were administered before August 2016 are available from KU19, Hollyfield Road, Surbiton Telephone: - 020 8549 6323.Records of inoculations administered after August 2016 are available from Hounslow and Richmond Community Health Telephone:- 020 3691 1042