FIRST AID AND HEALTH AT MICHAEL HALL
The First Aid Room is located in the Lower School building and it is the one specific place every student and staff member know where to go to seek treatment or support if medical need/support is required. It is accessible everyday from 8:15 to 13:25. After 13:25, students will be attended by one of our school First Aiders in Reception.
We attend not only to physical medical needs that can arise, but also to emotional and wellbeing needs. It is a valuable, welcoming and nurturing space well established in our Waldorf School Community and is staffed by our School Nurse.
Blanca Rey, RN
Office hours: Monday to Friday from 8:15 to 13:25
01342 643700 (direct line)
Admission Medical Form
It is a requirement that before starting school, parents must complete the Admission Medical Form (which will be sent along with contracts) detailing their child's medical history and any other issues which may affect your child/ren's health or academic performance. It is also important to keep our school nurse informed of any significant changes that occur during the school year. At the beginning of each academic year, parents have the responsibility to inform the School of any medical updates, consent to administer remedies and medication and also the two emergency contact numbers the school can contact if we are unable to reach the parents. If you are away for a period of time, you must notify and provide the School with the telephone number of your child's guardian. We always respect confidentiality, except when this puts the individual or the community at risk. Medical information provided to the School will be held and processed in accordance with the principles of UK data protection legislation.
Common childhood illnesses and afflictions occur frequently at schools, especially among younger children, and rarely require exclusion. If several children in the same class share symptoms there may be a mention in a class email to alert parents and/or in the Friday Flyer if it’s more general. See Common Childhood Illnesses Exclusion Period Policy below.
Children who become ill or injured while at school will be excused from class to attend the First Aid Room or Reception. The Nurse or a First Aider will assess and treat the child. First Aid homeopathic remedies may be administered, (see school remedies policy below) providing the parents have signed the consent statement on the Annual Medical Update Form. Organic herbal teas with organic honey are offered too. All staff in our Kindergarten are trained as Paediatric First Aiders, they will attend to and treat accordingly any matters arising.
If a hospital visit is considered necessary and a parent or guardian can't be contacted, a First Aider, or a responsible adult, will accompany the child to the hospital and remain with them until the parent/guardian arrives.
In the case of certain communicable illnesses, the School must be informed immediately. These include chickenpox, measles, German measles, mumps, whooping cough, scarlet fever, food poisoning, impetigo, and scabies. Your child must be kept at home until the infection resolves or ceases to be contagious (please contact the School Nurse for advice). Students recovering from viral illness should not return to school until they are fully recovered.
Annual Medical Update Form
Michael Hall does not accommodate Immunisation programmes. If you would like information regarding Immunisation Programs and how to contact your local Immunisation Clinic, please contact the School Nurse.
See school First Aid Remedies.
Herbal Teas with Organic Honey are available to treat upset tummies, colds, sore throats and coughs.
Sugar-free lozenges for coughs and sore throats (Riccola) are also available. (please contact our School Nurse if you do not want your child to receive a lozenge.
Over the Counter Medication
Paracetamol: the School keeps a stock of Paracetamol tablets and Calpol to use if needed and with previous consent from the parents. It is mainly administered to young people (Middle School and Upper School pupils) with migraine, headaches, and bad period cramps. Calpol is not administered to younger students unless directed by parents after a phone call/written consent obtained.
- Adrenaline Auto Injectors: the School has spare emergency adrenaline auto-injectors to use in case of emergency.
- Antihistamine syrup
- Asthma: the School has spare inhalers to use in case of emergency.