Administration of Medication

Medicine should only be taken to school when essential: that is where it would be detrimental to a child's health if the medicine were not administered during the school day.

The only medicines that can be administered at school are:

  • Medicines prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse prescriber or pharmacist prescriber (prescription medicines)
  • Prescription medicines included in a child or young person's Health Care Plan and agreed by a health care professional have been formally agreed with a parent or carer and a parental agreement has been set up and signed to cover incidents such as high temperature.
  • Medicines that staff are trained and insured to administer

A REQUEST TO ADMINISTER MEDICINES FORM MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE ANY MEDICINES CAN BE ADMINISTERED WITHIN SCHOOL.

All medicines should be provided in their original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include prescriber's instructions for administration.

This should include:

  • Dosage and frequency
  • Full name of medicine
  • Name of child
  • Duration of course of treatment (if applicable) - wherever possible please consult GP to see if it is essential that doses should be taken at school for example if medicine is to be taken 3 times a day, it may be satisfactory to give it before school, after school and before bed
  • Date prescribed and expiry date
  • Specific directions for the administration

Any controlled drugs that are unused, expired or no longer clearly labelled will be returned to parents/carers for safe disposal. All uncontrolled medication that is unused, expired or no longer clearly labelled is taken to a chemist to be disposed of every half term.

A child under 16 should never be given aspirin or ibuprofen unless prescribed by a doctor.

Off Site Visits/Residential

Before any offsite visit or residential trip, staff will carry out a risk assessment and make arrangements for the administration, storage and transportation of medication. If you have any concerns regarding any trip please do not hesitate to contact any member of staff to discuss your concerns.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY STUDENT KEEP ANY MEDICATION ON THEIR PERSON

Contact
Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form
Sheraton Building
Ketton Road
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8BU

Email: enquiries@horizonstrust.org.uk
Tel: 01642 664140

Information

Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Company No 08608287) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales.

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