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Administering Medicines

If it is absolutely necessary for your child to take medicine at school it is essential that an adult personally hands in the medicine at the school office and completes a parental agreement form BEFORE a member of staff is able to administer medicine.
 
The medicines must be brought into school in a properly labelled container which states:

(a) The name of the medicine, (b) The dosage and (c) The time of administration

Where possible the medicine should be self-administered under the supervision of an adult. Medicines will be kept in a secure place by staff in accordance with safety requirements.

 
The school nurse, Jo Newton is responsible for completing any complex individual medical plans for children with complex illnesses (eg. epilepsy/cystic fibrosis).  Any generic medical plans for minor issues (eg. antihistamines for hayfever) are collated and updated by Sam Herring.
 

For casual ailments it is often possible for doses of medication to be given outside school hours. The school does not administer medicines for casual ailments.

Where long term needs for emergency medication exist, the school will require specific guidance on the nature of the likely emergency and how to cope with it while awaiting paramedical assistance.

Detailed written instructions should be sent to the school and the parent/guardian should liaise with their child's class teacher and the school nurse where appropriate. If the emergency is likely to be of a serious nature, emergency contact numbers must be given where an adult is available at all times.

 

It is essential that children do not carry medicine themselves or store it in school. Designated adults in school may deal with medicine. These members of staff are also first aid trained.

These include;

 

 

If an accident occurs in the playground and first aid is required, then children are sent inside to the first aid person on duty. At lunchtimes first aid is administered by the midday supervisor.

 

 

EXAMPLE OF FORM TO BE COMPLETED BY PARENT/CARER

Parental agreement for school/setting to administer medicine (short-term)

The school/setting will not give your child medicine unless you complete and sign this form, and the school or setting has a policy that the staff can administer medicine. You are also agreeing to other appropriate employees of the Local Authority (such as Home-School transport staff) to administer medicine if authorised to do so by the school/setting.

 

Name of school/setting

Valley Park Primary School

Name of child

     

Date of birth

  

  

    

 

Group/class/form

     

Medical condition or illness

     

Medicine

 

Name/type of medicine

(as described on the container)

     

Date dispensed

  

  

    

 

Expiry date

  

  

    

 

Agreed review date to be initiated by

[name of member of staff]

Dosage and method

     

Timing

     

Special precautions

     

Are there any side effects that the school/setting needs to know about?

     

Self administration

/No

Procedures to take in an emergency

     

Contact Details

 

Name

     

Daytime telephone no.

     

Relationship to child

     

Address

     

I understand that I must deliver the medicine personally to

[agreed member of staff]

 

I accept that this is a service that the school/setting is not obliged to undertake.

I understand that I must notify the school/setting of any changes in writing.

I understand that a non-medical professional will administer my child’s medication, as defined by the prescribing professional only.

Date………………………    Signature(s)  ………………………..………


FORM 3B

Parental agreement for school/setting to administer medicine (long-term)

The school/setting will not give your child medicine unless you complete and sign this form, and the school or setting has a policy that the staff can administer medicine. You are also agreeing to other appropriate employees of the Local Authority (such as Home-School transport staff) to administer medicine if authorised to do so by the school/setting.

 

Name of school/setting

Valley Park Primary School

Date

  

  

    

 

Child’s name

     

Group/class/form

     

Name and strength of medicine

     

Expiry date

  

  

    

 

How much to give (i.e. dose to be given)

     

When to be given

     

Any other instructions

     

Number of tablets/quantity to be given to school/setting

     

Note: Medicines must be in the original container as dispensed by the pharmacy

Daytime phone no. of parent/carer or adult contact

     

Name and phone no. of GP

     

Agreed review date to be initiated by

[name of member of staff]

 

The above information is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate at the time of writing and I give consent to school/setting and other authorised staff administering medicine in accordance with the school/setting policy. I will inform the school/setting immediately, in writing, if there is any change in dosage or frequency of the medication or if the medicine is stopped.

I understand that a non-medical professional will administer my child’s medication, as defined by the prescribing professional only

 

Parent/carer’s signature____________________________

 

Print name            ______________________________

If more than one medicine is to be given a separate form should be completed for each one.

Date                       ___________________

Head teacher/Head of setting agreement to administer medicine

Name of school/setting

Valley Park Primary School

It is agreed that …………………………………………………  (name of child)

 will receive

…………………………………………………………[quantity and name of medicine]

every day at ……………………………………….[time medicine to be administered e.g. lunchtime or afternoon break].

[Name of child] will be given/supervised whilst he/she takes their medication by [name of member of staff].

This arrangement will continue until [either end date of course of medicine or until instructed by parent/carers].

 

Date     ____________________________

Signed____________________________      

(The Head teacher/Head of setting/named member of staff)