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First Aid and Medical Arrangements at Irchester Community Primary School

 

Many Teaching Assistants and Mid-day Supervisors have received basic first aid training. In addition some members of staff have the First Aid at Work qualification and the Paediatric First Aid qualification.

Staff are also trained to deal with conditions such as epilepsy and diabetes, as needed for pupils with medical diagnoses. There is a First Aid team that meet regularly throughout the year to review First Aid arrangements in the school.

The school keeps a First Aid Box in the breakfast room and in the medical room in the KS2 building. Currently the names of nominated First Aiders are displayed in the medical room and KS1 Breakfast Room.

All incidents involving injury, to either children or staff, must be recorded in the school accident log.

Should there be an accident in which there is injury to a child the adult on duty will do their best to aid the child concerned.

For minor accidents a note is sent home with the child informing the parent of the incident and any treatment given. If an accident happens at break time the staff on duty informs the teacher and the teacher will monitor the child in class. 

In the event of more serious injury the trained First Aider will be called to assist and the School Business Manager will summon emergency assistance should it be required. Parents / guardians will be informed of any injury to a child.

In the event of a child being quite seriously hurt and requiring external medical attention the child’s parents / guardians will be contacted through the emergency telephone numbers held for each child in the school files. If the parent / guardian cannot be contacted a member of staff will accompany the child.

Administration of medicines

Staff, other than those properly trained and duly authorised, must not keep or administer medicines. There is a list of these in the medical room.

Medicines belonging to members of staff must be kept out of reach of children at all times.

Staff should be aware of all children with specific medical conditions, for example serious allergies, and the procedures to be followed in the event of a medical emergency. Each child has a medical care plan which is written by the SENCO with parents, discussed with first aiders and shared with staff. These plans are in the Medical Room and Inclusion Office. These plans are frequently reviewed.

Short term medication- prescribed and non-prescribed

Due to the changes in the way that Doctor’s now prescribe medication, parents/carers can bring in over the counter medication

  • The medication container should have the child’s name on it. For an “over the counter” medicine this can be hand-written.
  • A consent form should also be completed that clearly details the dose and time of administration. These can be collected from class staff or the office.
  • The medication should be in date
  • The parent/carer should confirm that the medicine has been previously administered without adverse effect on the consent form.
  • All medication is to be brought to and collected from the class staff by parent/carer.
  • All medicines should be stored in the class medicine cupboard or the medical room for safety reasons.
  • Approved medication will be administered by a First Aider wherever possible, or alternatively by a member of staff approved by the Head teacher.
  • If more than one medicine is to be given a separate consent form should be completed for each one
  • The School Governors and Staff will not take responsibility for any mis-dosage or problems caused by administering medication.

Long term medication- including asthma inhalers

  • A Consent form is available in the office for pre-approval of ongoing medication – a copy is given to all new parents/carers .
  • A consent form should also be completed that clearly details the dose and time of administration. These can be collected from class staff or the office.
  • All medication is to be brought to and collected from the class staff by parent/carer.
  • Approved medication will be administered by a First Aider wherever possible, or alternatively by a member of staff approved by the Head teacher.
  • The School Governors and Staff will not take responsibility for any mis-dosage or problems caused by administering medication.
  • Use of certain medications (e.g. for diabetes) will be approved by formulating an agreed protocol with parents/carers, school and health practitioners, which will normally involve displaying a child’s photograph and training for staff.
  • Class A medications will be kept in a locked cabinet in the medical room
  • In the event of any concerns relating to medication or health, an attempt will be made to contact the parents/carers and / or if necessary the family doctor or ambulance service.
  • All prescribed inhalers are kept in the classroom in a labelled container. Children are encouraged to take relievers to PE lessons or off site visits.
  • Written instructions from parent/doctor – i.e. dosage, frequency, maximum dose should always be clear – e.g. how many puffs of which inhaler. Inhalers should be clearly marked with name (including refill medication).

PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHECKING EXPIRY DATES AND FOR ENSURING REPLACEMENTS ARE ARRANGED.