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Medicines in School

Following an update by ESCC to the Policy on Administration of Medicines, please be aware of the following changes to managing medicines within the school:

Antibiotics:

Please try to arrange the pattern of medication where possible so that it does not fall at lunchtime. E.g. Morning, teatime and bedtime. We will administer them where they are to be taken 4 times per day. A consent form must be completed by the parent/carer at the School Office.

Ear/Nose Drops:

Treatment pattern should be that it is not necessary to be used at lunchtime.

That it is parent’s responsibility to administer them if needed during school time.

Any child with Conjunctivitis should not be at school as this is highly infectious.

Non-prescription Medicine:

Not to be given by staff to children under 8 and not normally administered by School Staff.

Only given to children over 8 in exceptional circumstances, with prior written consent from parent/carer. Medicine must be in the original packaging with dosage guidance and handed in at the School Office.

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

Prescribed Medicines:

Prescribed medicines may only be administered to the person for whom it was prescribed, labelled and supplied. Parents must fill out a consent form and hand the medicine in at the School Office.

Only the prescriber may vary the dose and directions for administration, which must be shown clearly on the medicine container. Medicines must never be decanted from their original container.

 
If you have any queries with the above, please speak to staff in the school office. Further information is found in our Medicines Policy, available below.