The Medical Centre is open six days a week and the nurses are complemented by a resident Nurse Matron. An out-of-hours telephone triage service is also provided. The nurses work closely with the Housemasters and Houseparent to ensure that pupils’ physical, mental and emotional needs are identified and met. 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. Two local GPs, 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.
Nurses are always willing to discuss a child’s health and can be contacted on 0208 959 1432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School Counsellor, based at the School Medical Centre, offers pupils the time and space to talk about and explore any concerns or worries they may have in confidence. All new boarders meet the counsellor as part of the Induction Programme. Pupils can refer themselves to her in confidence via the Medical Centre post box, or through their Housemaster or the school nurses. Occasionally they may be guided by staff to seek help from the Counsellor.