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Buckswood Health Service

Buckswood Health Service (BHS) is situated in a purpose built, detached building within the school grounds. It has consulting rooms where scholars can speak privately with a nurse. It also has a suite of rooms where the health staff are able to care for scholars who are too unwell for school.

Buckswood Health Service

Buckswood Health Service (BHS) is situated in a purpose built, detached building within the school grounds. It has consulting rooms where students can speak privately with a nurse. It also has a suite of rooms where the health staff are able to care for students who are too unwell for school.

The Health Team is made up of three trained nurses who are supported by health assistants and an administrator. Our aim is to enable students to remain as healthy as possible and support them when they are unwell whilst at school. The nurses have a wide range of experience and will usually be able to help a student without needing to consult with a doctor. However, they liaise closely with the GP surgery and will, at their discretion, either consult with them by telephone or arrange an appointment for a student to be seen.

Parents are encouraged to arrange routine dental and eye care appointments when the student is at home. However, in the case of an emergency, appointments with local dentists and opticians can be arranged (although there may be a charge for treatment and we will need specific consent from parents). Orthodontists, Opticians, Osteopaths and Chiropodists can also be accessed once parents have consented to treatment. We will always seek your written consent before arranging any appointments that is not covered through the NHS.

Junior boarders are always escorted to external appointments. For older students, if they feel confident, we may arrange transport only. Any transport costs will be added to the student’s invoice, via the school’s accounting department.


Our Health Philosophy

When your child comes to stay with us at Buckswood, our biggest priority is their health and well-being. As a health team, we liaise closely with the house staff to ensure that students remain as healthy as possible whilst with us. Our aim is to enable students 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.


When can students see us?

Students are encouraged not to miss lessons, unless it is an emergency. They are able to see us before school (from 7.15am), morning break, lunch time and afternoon break. If a student comes when they should be in lessons, then we will quickly assess their need and, if appropriate, ask them to return at break time. We all want students to achieve the best they can and so we don’t want them to miss lessons, unless necessary. We are open from 7.15am until 8.30pm Monday – Friday.


What we need from you.

Your child will not be offered a place at the school until a health form has been received. Please complete the school medical forms as soon as possible. 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. If we do not receive this information, it puts your child at risk.

These can be found in the Student’s starter pack. If you need another form to complete, please let us know by email: nurse@buckswood.co.uk and we will send you another one.



We give students appropriate medication for common 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 Homely Medicine Policy. If necessary we will liaise with the GP, who may prescribe other medication such as antibiotics.

We ask that students do not bring medicines or supplements 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 send us a copy of the prescription and 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)?

Any medicines not recorded on the medical form, with the above details, will be confiscated and returned to your child to take home at the end of term.

The National Health Service

All boarders studying with us for longer than 6 months are eligible to be registered for free NHS as they will have paid the health surcharge on their visa. All students from the EEC are entitled to NHS treatment and they should bring their EHIC as evidence. ​Non EEC students attending for less than 6 months will not be entitled to free NHS treatment except in emergency situations and therefore should arrange medical insurance for their entire stay and to cover any bills should they need treatment in the UK. (As we would if going on holiday abroad.)

Your child will be registered with Dr Till, Harold Road Surgery, Hastings, TN35 5NH.


Private Insurance

All private treatment has to be referred via the NHS General Practitioner. We highly recommend that short term students (staying for less than 6 months) obtain private health care insurance to cover the cost of any prolonged stay in hospital following emergency treatment.


Local Facilities

The practice where Dr Till is based is in Harold Road, Hastings which is easily accessible from the school. The Conquest Hospital is a general hospital with an Accident and Emergency department, situated 10 minutes (by car) from the school. Please feel free to contact us about your child’s health at any time. Our email address is nurse@buckswood.co.uk


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