All medication requires a medical consent form to be completed (available from the school office and at the bottom of the page).
This form must include clear instructions, including the name and dosage of the medication, frequency of administration, and any specific instructions
Without a completed form, we will not be able to administer any medication.
- All medications should be hand-delivered to the school office by a parent or guardian. Please do not send medication with your child to avoid any potential misuse or safety concerns. Medications received are then placed in a secure location to ensure health and safety for all.
- Prescription medications must be in their original packaging, clearly labelled with the student's name, dosage instructions, and the prescribing healthcare professional's information.
- Over the counter medicines (OTC), e.g. hay-fever treatments, cough/cold remedies should be treated in the same way as prescription medication (however, they do not need an Appropriate Practitioner’s prescription, signature or authorisation).
Most medication will not need to be administered during school hours e.g.
- Twice daily doses should be given in the morning before school and in the evening.
- Three times a day doses can normally be given in the morning before school, immediately after (provided this is possible) and at bedtime.
- It should normally only be necessary to give medication in school if the dose needs to be given four times a day, in which case a dose is needed at lunchtime.
- We administer medication, if it needs to be taken 4 times a day.
Reasonable adjustments can be made for those who attend Orchids.
- If your child requires emergency medications (e.g., EpiPen, inhaler, epilepsy), then an Individual Health Care Plan is in place. All staff have received annual training relating to the needs of the children in school.
Administering medication involves potential risks, including adverse reactions or errors in dosage. If a pupil experiences a negative outcome due to medication administration, the school staff member and the school
itself may be held legally responsible. We can administer paracetamol should a child be in pain or discomfort.
The use of non-prescribed medicines should normally be limited to a 24hr period and in all cases not exceed 48hrs. If symptoms persist, medical advice should be sought by the parent/guardian.