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Buckswood Health Service

When your child comes to stay with us at Buckswood, our biggest priority is their health and well being.BHS is situated in a purpose built, stand alone building. As well as 2 consulting rooms, where scholars can speak privately to a nurse, we also have the ‘Florence Nightingale’ room and the ‘Alexander Fleming’ room. In these rooms we are able to look after scholars who are too unwell for school.

 

The health team is made up of 2 trained nurses and a health assistant. During the school week, both nurses start early in the mornings and visit most of the boarding houses before school starts. At this time, we can then assess any scholar who is not feeling well and give them treatment or advice as necessary. We are both experienced and will usually be able to help a scholar without needing to consult with a doctor. However, we liaise closely with a local General Practitioner (Dr Till) and will either consult with him by telephone or arrange an appointment for a scholar to be seen when needed.

 

Our Health Philosophy

When your child comes to stay with us at Buckswood, our biggest priority is their health and well being. As nurses, we liaise closely with the house staff to ensure that scholars remain as healthy as possible whilst with us. Our aim is to enable scholars to be well enough to be in school. However when there are clinical reasons for them to be off school, they are given a ‘leave’ to stay with us at BHS, or to be in their room when appropriate.

 

Where are we based

BHS is situated in a purpose built, stand alone building within the school grounds. We have 2 consulting rooms, where scholars can speak privately to a nurse. We also have the ‘Florence Nightingale’ room and the ‘Alexander Fleming’ where we are able to care for scholars who are too unwell for school.

 

The Health Team

At Buckswood, we have 2 registered nurses and a health assistant to help look after scholars.

The nurses are:
Karina Davies – Registered Nurse (RN)
Liz Daniels – RN and Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (RSCN).
We are both experienced and will usually be able to help a scholar without needing to consult with a doctor.

However, we liaise closely with Dr Till (MB, CHB, BSc), a local General Practitioner (GP) and will either consult with him by telephone or arrange an appointment for a scholar to be seen when needed.

 

Please feel free to contact us about your child’s health at any time. Our email address is nurse@buckswood.co.uk

 

When can scholars see us?
During the school week, both nurses visit the boarding houses before school starts. At this time, we assess scholars who tell us they are not feeling well and give them treatment or advice as necessary.

During the day, scholars can come to BHS in break times, or at any time in an emergency.

 

What we need from you
Please complete the school medical forms as soon as possible, preferably before your child arrives. These ensure we know about any allergies or illnesses your child may have, as well as vaccination details. They also give us your consent for us to treat them.

These can be found in the Scholar’s starter pack.

 

Medication

We give scholars appropriate medication for common childhood illnesses, such as colds; coughs; viral infections; sore throats; stomach aches etc. We use medicines that are readily available ‘over the counter’ in the UK and work within a ‘Homely Medicine Policy’. If necessary we will liaise with the GP, who may prescribe other medication such as antibiotics.
We therefore ask that scholars do not bring medicines to school, as we will provide them with what they need. However, if they do need to take regular medicines for a diagnosed illness, then it is absolutely vital that we have accurate health information.

If they are on regular medication, then please let us know (in English)

  • Name of medication
  • Dosage
  • Why is it taken?
  • Any possible side effects
  • Are there any medicines that should not be taken at the same time (Contraindications)?

 

The National Health Service

All boarders studying with us for longer than 3 months are eligible to be registered for free NHS healthcare. However, we will only be able to register your child once we have received the completed medical forms. Until we receive these, we will only be able to arrange emergency treatment at hospital and there may be a charge. Once we have received the completed medical forms, your child will be registered with Dr Till.

 

Private Insurance

Private insurance from other countries does not enable access to medical facilities in the UK. All private treatment has to be referred via the NHS.

 

Local Facilities
The practice where Dr Till is based is in Harold Road, Hastings which is easily accessible from the school. Surgeries are also held in Pett and Fairlight, two local villages.

 

The Conquest Hospital is a general hospital with an Accident and Emergency department, situated 10 minutes (by car) from the school. We ask that routine dental and eye care is carried out when your child is at home with you. However, in the case of an emergency, we are able to arrange appointments with local dentists and opticians, but there may be a charge for any treatment.

 

We are also able to access orthodontists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropodists and reflexologists. We will always let you know before making any appointments that may incur cost and we will ask you for an email confirming that you consent to your child having treatment.

 

Karina Davies (RN)
Liz Daniels (RN/RSCN)

 

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BHS (Health Service) Policies

 Policy Department  Date Written  Written by Date of Approval Approved by  Next Major Review date
Boarders who are unwell policy 1 BHS 06.04.2017 Mr G. Sutton 01.09.2017
First aid  1 BHS 04.04.2017 Mr M. Lawless 01.09.2017
Management and Administration of Medicines policy 1 BHS 06.04.2017 Mr G. Sutton 01.09.2017
Medical treatment and first aid policy 1 BHS 05.04.2017 Mr G. Sutton 01.09.2017
Surgery policy 1 BHS 05.04.2017 Mr G. Sutton 01.09.2017