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- Parents have the prime responsibility for their child’s health and must provide the school with all relevant information about their child’s medical condition. Parents must also immediately inform the school if there is any change in the child’s condition.
- Students are not to bring medication to school unless it has been prescribed by a Doctor or Pharmacist. The medication must be taken to the School Nurse/Boarding Nurse with a written request from the Doctor/Pharmacist indicating how the medication is to be dispensed. All medication must be clearly labelled with the child’s name and date of birth. (Note the inclusion of the date of birth avoids mix-ups with similarly named students).
- Students requiring referral must report to the school clinic or sick bay. The School Nurse/Boarding Nurse will assess if the student needs to be referred. If the student is referred to the hospital then the Parent/Guardian will be informed by the Nurse.
- For conditions such as asthma, diabetes and severe allergies, students are allowed to carry their own medication around school. Please note that children carrying medication will be expected to use it responsibly. Students are not allowed to share or give their medication to others. Parents must notify the school of the condition, the medication that the child carries, and its prescribed dosage. Suitable doses of the same medication must be supplied to the school to keep in stock in case of urgent need. All medication needs to be clearly labelled with the child’s name and date of birth.
- If a child refuses to take medicine, the Nurse/Doctor will not force them to do so. Parents will be informed of the refusal on the same day by the Nurse. If a refusal to take medication results in an emergency the school’s emergency procedures would be followed.
- In the event of an emergency, every effort will be made to contact a Parent/Guardian. The School Nurse or Boarding Nurse will accompany any sick student to the hospital. They will remain with the child until a Parent/Guardian arrives.
- Medical professionals are responsible for any decision on medical treatments when a parent is not available.
- The school doctor/nurse will always treat medical information confidentially.
- It is the responsibility of the parents of a student with a serious chronic problem or recent serious illness to provide a medical summary from the attending health professional giving relevant information with regard to the current state of health and relevant instructions to the school with regard to precautions or on-going management.