The following guidance comes from the ‘Supporting Pupils with Medical conditions Policy’; a link to this can be found in the policies section of this website.
As advised by our school nursing team which is part of NELFT NHS, we are adhering to local policy to prevent drug administration errors and to protect all children receiving medication in school.
All medication must come into school in the original container and must have been prescribed by a Doctor. There must be a pharmacy label stating the child's name, the correct prescribed dose, the frequency and timing of when to be given and the expiry date should be clearly visible. If any of the above is missing or unclear we will not be able to administer the medication to your child. We must also have your written permission to administer your child's own medication. A form is available to download and print out below.
The only exceptions to the above are Paracetamol (in tablet or liquid, ie Calpol), allergy medication (in tablet or liquid, ie Piraton) if there is a reason this cannot be given at home before school and Ibuprophen (in tablet or liquid form) if this has been recommended by a Doctor - these medications may be non-prescription and we are able to administer and keep these in school for your child as long as we have received the completed and signed form (as below). Please clearly mark these medications with your child's name.
Please also note that we keep a supply of Paracetamol tablets in school which can be given to pupils with the permission of a parent/carer on a case by case basis if needed. We will request your verbal permission over the phone to give this so It is important that we have a current contact telephone number for this purpose.
Unfortunately we are unable to administer any medications that do not fulfil the above requirements and as such these will be returned to you. We hope you understand that this policy is essential to minimise the risk of error and to protect all children at the school.