Medical Centre

Box Hill School Medical Centre is staffed by registered nurses who provide nursing cover (Monday to Friday, 07.30-19.00 in term-time). We have a Medical Centre Matron whose hours are from 08.30-17.00. In addition, many members of the school staff are qualified First Aiders and are available through boarding or the out-of-hour’s activity they are participating in, should the student require any assistance.

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The Nursing Team

Mrs Claire Harris – Lead Nurse
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Claire trained at Addenbrooke’s as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) later specialising in Intensive Care (general, cardiac and paediatric). Prior to joining Box Hill in 2008, she spent 3 years at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, caring for children with multiple disabilities and complex care needs.

Mrs Justine Braid – School Nurse
(Wednesday and Friday)

Justine completed her nursing degree at Manchester University. Her experience includes a charitable health role in India and community nursing roles in the UK, including health visiting, sexual health school nursing and working with the covid vaccination team. She joined Box Hill School in 2018.

Wendy Schulz – School Nurse
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Wendy qualified as an RGN in 1992 at Kingston and Epsom School of Nursing and Midwifery. Before joining Box Hill in 2022, past roles included working as a Practice Nurse, A+E Staff Nurse, School Nurse, Community Staff Nurse and an Immunisation Nurse (including delivering the Covid-19 programme).

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Jane Ford- School Nurse
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)

Jane qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 2018 at the University of Surrey School of Nursing and Midwifery. Before joining Box Hill in February 2022, past roles included working as a Staff Nurse in an Acute Hospital, Community Staff Nurse, Practice Nurse, and an Immunisation Nurse (including delivering the Covid -19 programme).

Zoe Whistler – Medical Centre Matron
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Having studied Therapy Radiotherapy at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Zoe settled in the United Arab Emirates, working as a swim coach and within PE departments, before returning to the UK in 2020. She has been at Box Hill School since 2021.

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We use a holistic approach in planning the care of students, taking into consideration their physical, emotional and psychological needs. The Medical Centre is a welcoming environment, so that students can access support when required. We complete care plans for students with medical or additional needs.

We work closely with individuals helping them take responsibility for their own health, to ensure that each pupil fulfils their potential. We support them with their health needs, whilst striving to keep them fully engaged in their education. We aim to treat students with a caring and professional approach.

We are always pleased to talk to any parent/guardian about their child’s health, either on the telephone or in person, and we are always available for pupils to talk to us. Sometimes individuals talk to us in confidence, and we respect this, except where their welfare is at risk.

If a Year 7 pupil is seen by a member of the team, parents will be notified as required. When a student is too unwell to remain in school, the nursing team will contact the parents/guardian to arrange collection. The school operates a strict 48-hour exclusion policy for all vomiting/diarrhoea illnesses, in line with the recommendations by Public Health England.

HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE AND CONSENT

We ask you to complete a health questionnaire and emergency consent form IN FULL and return them to school before your child starts at Box Hill. Information supplied on the health questionnaire is confidential and is not released to other departments in the school without parent/pupil consent.

KEEPING US UPDATED

We would be grateful if you could keep us informed of changes to your child’s health status during their time at Box Hill. We DO NOT send out annual update requests, but DO expect prompt, open communication where health information changes. In cases where we are not provided with the necessary information, treatment in an emergency may be limited due to unavailable information.

MEDICALS

All boarders will have basic health checks on admission to the school. This includes height, weight, blood pressure, basic vision testing and a discussion about their health. This information is shared with Medwyn Surgery as part of their GP registration.

VACCINATIONS

The school requires up to date vaccinations. We request ALL vaccination dates from the GP’s immunisation record, a photocopy of the child’s records, or any other international vaccination certificates. We will contact you should your child require any boosters or further vaccinations. In some cases, your child may not be able to participate in sports or trips without a current DTaP/IPV.

We are keen to ensure that appropriate immunisations are given. Please inform the nursing team if any immunisations are given at home so that we can amend pupils school health records as appropriate. Central Surrey Health (CSH) come to the school annually to vaccinate for HPV (cervical cancer vaccination in Year 8) and DTaP/IPV (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio booster) and Meningitis ACWY in Years 9 & 10. Notifications will be sent out prior to these events asking for parental e-consent via the NHS portal.

Flu vaccinations are only offered to those boarders with medical needs.

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE

All boarders are registered under the National Health Service with the School Doctor. They are entitled to medical treatment including hospital care under the NHS.

The nursing team work closely with Dr Raj Sekhon and Dr Louise Tomei (school doctors) and the Medwyn Surgery team. Medwyn provide protected time slots on a Monday and Friday lunchtimes, which pupils can access via the school Medical Centre for non-emergencies. For more urgent needs, the student is triaged by the duty doctor and advised accordingly. Most students will be escorted to their appointment by a member of the nursing team. The cost of transport/taxis etc. will be recharged to their school account.

Parents and/or guardians will be contacted, if appropriate, if a student is unwell or needs to see a doctor.

A student who is registered with Medwyn Surgery and who needs to see another doctor during the holidays should be registered as a temporary patient with his/her doctor at home.

ADMISSIONS TO HOSPITAL

In the case of an emergency, everything possible is done to contact parents/guardians immediately. In exceptional cases however, if this is not possible, the Head (or authorised deputy) must act in loco parentis and in such circumstances, has the right to authorise medical and surgical treatment, including the administration of anaesthetic. Pupils over the age of 16 are permitted to give their own consent to medical treatment.

Pupils will normally be admitted under the NHS. If parents would prefer, or are insured for, private medical care they should include details of the relevant policy.

Where a pupil needs medical attention outside school, they would normally be accompanied by a member of staff. The cost of transport/taxis etc. will be recharged to their school account.

MEDICATIONS

The school provide over the counter medications such as paracetamol. Pupils must not bring these medications into school. The school policy is that all prescribed medications brought into school should be clearly labelled with the pupils name and must be handed in to the nursing team. All prescribed medications must have a consent form attached (please e-mail nurses@boxhillschool.com for the form)

We advise asthmatic pupils to always keep a spare inhaler with the nursing team as well as one with them. Pupils with Adrenaline Auto Injector pens (AAIs) are required to keep one with them and a spare which is held centrally at Dalewood reception in case of emergencies. Two AAI pens are required for all school trips. All pupils bringing their own prescribed medications into school who wish to self-medicate, must see the School Nurse to be assessed and sign a self-medication form to meet School, Ofsted and ISA guidelines.

DENTIST, OPTICIAN AND OTHER ANCILLARY SERVICES

Routine dental work and optician appointments should be arranged by parents or guardians during the school holidays. We will, however, deal with any emergencies during the term. Private orthodontic work can be arranged for boarders only. The nursing team are happy to facilitate private physio, chiropractic, and sports massage sessions etc, if required.

TEACHING

The nursing team actively promote health and wellbeing through teaching and advice in the Medical Centre. The Medical Centre holds a wealth of information leaflets on many medical issues for the pupils to read. The team are available to all pupils throughout the school.

FACILITIES

The Medical Centre comprises of five beds, two shower rooms, three offices and a waiting area. The nursing team are responsible for all medical issues around the school. There are first aid kits available in most departments and two defibrillators located in the staff room and the sports centre. The nurses have a wide range of medical policies some of which can be found on the school website, others are available on request. These are reviewed regularly in accordance with governance.