The Medical Centre is open six days a week, from 8am – 6pm. 24 hour cover is provided during term time by both resident and on-call nurses. The nurses work closely with Housemasters/House Parents and Matrons to ensure that a pupil’s physical, mental and emotional needs are identified and met, and we report back to senior pastoral staff if there are any areas of specific concern. We also liaise closely with parents and guardians to ensure that appropriate care is delivered. Nurses support the games department with sports first aid care, including pitch side where necessary, and a detailed head injury protocol based on rugby governing body guidelines for return to play.
Day pupils are offered first aid treatment plus immediate care and advice for illness, together with guidance on the management of existing conditions, whilst boarders are supported by a wider range of services, including referral to specialist medical practitioners where necessary. Boarders are registered with a local GP practice and two doctors, one male and one female, hold three surgeries in school each week.
Emphasis is placed on health education and health promotion, and pupils are encouraged to learn to identify and take responsibility for their own health care needs. The work of the nurses is underpinned by robust policies and procedures, including safeguarding and confidentiality where appropriate.
Nurses are always willing to discuss a child’s health and can be contacted on 0208 959 1432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two school counsellors who are based in the Wellbeing Wing. Referral is via Housemasters/House Parents, nursing and medical staff, or by the pupil themselves. Counsellors communicate regularly with parents/guardians and pastoral staff.