Golftyn CP School will do all it can to encourage, support and care for children with medical needs in order to ensure their attendance at school and their access to the curriculum.
We recognise that asthma is an important condition affecting many school age children and positively welcome all pupils with asthma. (See school asthma policy)
We will publish this policy and ensure that all staff are made aware of it.
A copy of the procedures around administration of medication will be available for staff and parents on our website.
We will work with parents/carers of children with complex or long term medical needs.
We will review our procedures around the administration of medication with a view to any recommended and pertinent advice received.
This policy and its related procedures provide the framework within which the medical needs of pupils will be managed.
Mrs Cooper (Headteacher) is responsible for children with medical needs
The Senior Management Team will be responsible for administering medication.
The majority of teaching staff have undertaken basic first aid training, staff receive annual update training on medical conditions as required e.g. use of epi pen, haemophilia.
PROCEDURES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION
When a pupil is taking medication at school, parents/carers should complete a medication form giving written consent for their child to receive medication whilst at school. Medication forms are available from the school office, class teacher and school website.
When a pupil needs medication to be given a “Medication Permission Form” will be completed by the parent/guardian.
Wherever possible pupils taking medication should do so before or after school
rather than during the school day.
Anaphylaxis is an extreme allergic reaction requiring urgent medical treatment.
When such severe allergies are diagnosed, the children concerned are made aware from a very early age of what they can and cannot eat and drink and, in the majority of cases; they go through the whole of their school lives without incident. The most common cause is food – in particular nuts, fish, and dairy products. Wasp and bee stings can also cause allergic reaction. In its most severe form the condition can be life-threatening, but it can be treated with medication. This may include antihistamine, adrenaline inhaler or adrenaline injection, depending on the severity of the reaction.
In the most severe cases of anaphylaxis, people are normally prescribed a device
for injecting adrenaline. The device looks like a fountain pen and is pre-loaded with the correct dose of adrenaline and is normally injected into the fleshy part of the thigh. The needle is not revealed and the injection is easy to administer. It is not possible to give too large a dose using this device. In cases of doubt it is better to give the injection than hold back. Responsibility for giving the injection should be on a purely voluntary basis and should not, in any case, be undertaken without training from an appropriate health professional.
Asthma inhalers, adrenaline injections, and rectal diazepam all of which may be
needed very quickly in an emergency will be held by the pupil if s/he is responsible. Otherwise they will be stored in an easily accessible place.
Medication will be kept in the Headteacher’s office in a secure cupboard. Where
medication requires refrigeration it will be stored in a separate, airtight, and clearly marked container. Providing these controls are enforced it is possible to store medication in a refrigerator containing food.
School staff will not dispose of surplus or out of date medication. It will be
returned to the parent/carer for them to dispose of. Where parents/carers have moved or cannot be contacted, medicines will be disposed of at a community pharmacy.
This policy will be reviewed as appropriate, but at least every three years.
GOLFTYN CP SCHOOL
Prescribed medicines provided in their original container will only be administered with the written agreement of the parent and with all possible side effects listed. In order for your child to receive prescribed medication whilst at school, you must give your written consent by completing and signing this medication form.
MEDICATION PERMISSION FORM (Parent/Carer)
1.Full name of parent/carer completing form:
2.Full name of child taking medication:
3.Date of birth of child (named above):
4. Full name of medication to be administered:
5. Expiry date of medication
6.Time medicine last given
7.Dates to be administered by school
(duration e.g. 1st-14 April 2011)
8.Times to be administered by school
12.Other information/possible side effects:
13.Purpose of medication:
14.Does the administration of medication require technical or medical knowledge?
If yes, provide details:
Signature of Parent/Carer: ……………………………… Date:………………………..
Golftyn CP School