Watermill School, Turnhurst Road,

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 6JZ

School Tel: (01782) 883737   INSPIRE Tel: (01782) 883777

Executive Headteacher: Mr J May

A parent and carers quick guide to medication in school.

A Watermill Parent and Carers quick guide to Medication in School.

 

It can sometimes feel like there is a lot to remember when it comes to sending medicines into school for your child, so here is a quick reference guide to help.

Occasionally, we will be forced to refuse to administer medications if our procedures are not met, and this can be upsetting for parents. We follow expert advice in order to keep our pupils and staff safe so it is important that you know what guidelines we follow.

The full rules and guidelines around the administration of medications in school are available in the: Watermill School Administration of Essential Medication Policy (click to open a link).

For the staff at Watermill to be able to administer medication during school, parents and carers will need to have considered the following:-

 

Is the medication prescribed by a doctor?

  • Non-prescription medication will not normally by given in school except in unusual circumstances and then only with prior, written agreement. If a pupil turns up at school with medication where prior, written agreement has not been made, we will not administer the medication.
  • If a pupil becomes unwell at school, and where written permission to do so has been given, we will administer paracetomol if the pupil is in pain or distress or if their temperature exceeds 38°C. We will contact home to let you know if we do this.

Is it essential that the medication be given at school?

  • In most cases, it would be best for a medicine to be given at home, for example where a prescription says 3 times a day, we would ask that these doses happen before school, after school and before bed, so the medicine would not need to be given at school. There may be specific medications that are an exception to this rule.

Have you completed a medication care plan?

  • These forms are available to download from the school website (click here) or visit Watermillschool.co.uk and then click “About us”, followed by “Medication, Illness and accidents” and then “medication.”  Once completed, the form needs to be signed and returned to school reception before we can administer the medicine.

 

Is the medicine in its original packaging?

  • Medication brought into school should be in its original container complete with its original chemist label.
  • Before we give medication we will check for the following:-
    • Name of the pupil- We Cannot give the medicine if it has the wrong name on the label, or if the name has been changed.
    • Name of medication- The correct label will give this information.
    • Date of dispensing and Expiry Date- We cannot give the medicine if it is out of date, even if you tell us that you have put new medicine into an old bottle.
    • Dose and frequency- The correct label will give this information.
    • Precautions/special storage instructions- The correct label will give this information.

 

Have school got enough medication?

  • For pupils who take medication over longer periods, it is important that we have enough in school. Staff will check how much we have and contact home when supplies are running low. We will give ample warning when this happens to allow you time to get repeat prescriptions filled.

 

How is the medication being sent into school?

  • For the safety of your child and that of other children we ask that medication always comes into school in the care of an adult. Parents or carers are welcome to bring in the medication personally, or send it with the escorts that accompany your child on their transport.

If you have any additional questions, or suggestions for information that might have been useful here, please contact Mrs Frearson in the school office.

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A Watermill Parent and Carers quick guide to Medication in School.

 

It can sometimes feel like there is a lot to remember when it comes to sending medicines into school for your child, so here is a quick reference guide to help.

Occasionally, we will be forced to refuse to administer medications if our procedures are not met, and this can be upsetting for parents. We follow expert advice in order to keep our pupils and staff safe so it is important that you know what guidelines we follow.

The full rules and guidelines around the administration of medications in school are available in the: Watermill School Administration of Essential Medication Policy (click to open a link).

For the staff at Watermill to be able to administer medication during school, parents and carers will need to have considered the following:-

 

Is the medication prescribed by a doctor?

  • Non-prescription medication will not normally by given in school except in unusual circumstances and then only with prior, written agreement. If a pupil turns up at school with medication where prior, written agreement has not been made, we will not administer the medication.
  • If a pupil becomes unwell at school, and where written permission to do so has been given, we will administer paracetomol if the pupil is in pain or distress or if their temperature exceeds 38°C. We will contact home to let you know if we do this.

Is it essential that the medication be given at school?

  • In most cases, it would be best for a medicine to be given at home, for example where a prescription says 3 times a day, we would ask that these doses happen before school, after school and before bed, so the medicine would not need to be given at school. There may be specific medications that are an exception to this rule.

Have you completed a medication care plan?

  • These forms are available to download from the school website (click here) or visit Watermillschool.co.uk and then click “About us”, followed by “Medication, Illness and accidents” and then “medication.”  Once completed, the form needs to be signed and returned to school reception before we can administer the medicine.

 

Is the medicine in its original packaging?

  • Medication brought into school should be in its original container complete with its original chemist label.
  • Before we give medication we will check for the following:-
    • Name of the pupil- We Cannot give the medicine if it has the wrong name on the label, or if the name has been changed.
    • Name of medication- The correct label will give this information.
    • Date of dispensing and Expiry Date- We cannot give the medicine if it is out of date, even if you tell us that you have put new medicine into an old bottle.
    • Dose and frequency- The correct label will give this information.
    • Precautions/special storage instructions- The correct label will give this information.

 

Have school got enough medication?

  • For pupils who take medication over longer periods, it is important that we have enough in school. Staff will check how much we have and contact home when supplies are running low. We will give ample warning when this happens to allow you time to get repeat prescriptions filled.

 

How is the medication being sent into school?

  • For the safety of your child and that of other children we ask that medication always comes into school in the care of an adult. Parents or carers are welcome to bring in the medication personally, or send it with the escorts that accompany your child on their transport.

If you have any additional questions, or suggestions for information that might have been useful here, please contact Mrs Frearson in the school office.