Medical, Health and Immunisations
New Starter Medical Information
This form is used to advise us of a New Student WITHOUT a named medical condition (Y7 or mid year entry).
Information about a Child’s Medical Condition – Form A
This form is used to advise us of :
* A New Student WITH a medical condition (Y7 or mid year entry)
* A NEW medical condition for EXISTING STUDENT
* CHANGES TO an existing medical condition, medication, Healthcare Professional, required medical intervention etc.
Parental request for the self-administration of medication at school – Form B
For the safety of other students, no student may carry medication on their person or keep it in their bag or locker.
Certain exceptions will be made with the prior permission of the Head Teacher, using ‘Form C Request to Carry Medication of an Urgent Nature’. i.e. EPIPEN, Inhaler, Diabetic equipment.
Request to Carry Medication or Equipment of an Urgent Nature – Form C
This is for students who are required to carry an epipen, inhaler, diabetic equipment or other essential approved medical equipment only.
As you will appreciate, in order to work effectively it is essential that medical data for all students is as accurate as possible.
Please be assured that any details we hold pertaining to your child are strictly confidential and only accessible to authorised personnel.
Your support in returning this medical information to us is greatly appreciated.
A paper version of the forms are available from reception.
School Nursing Team
What is the School Nursing Service?
Each school within Wiltshire has a named Specialist Community Public Health Nurse and School Staff Nurse – you will more than likely know them as School Nurses
Each School Nurse is responsible for providing support and advice to children/young people, their families and the local community
One way in which we can support you during secondary school, is through providing a weekly drop-in
Students in all year groups can come to the drop-in
You do not need to ask your parents/carers or member of school staff for permission to attend…just drop-in
What is the School Nursing Service drop-in?
Amy Phillips is your School Nurse for Abbeyfield and offers a weekly drop-in session where you can get support and advice about:
Emotional Health – self-esteem, low mood, self-harm, anxiety
Physical Health – diet, personal hygiene, weight, puberty
Sex & Relationships – LGBTQ+, friendships, bullying, including cyber-bullying, sexual health
Stress & Worries – exam stress, homework, home life, family relationships
Healthy Lifestyles – diet, exercise, weight
Drugs & Alcohol – smoking, drugs, alcohol
And much more
When is the School Nursing Service Drop-in?
Day – Monday
Time – Lunchtime
Where – Extended Services
Remember, an appointment is not required.
I look forward to seeing you.
Consent and Confidentiality
When you attend drop-in, your School Nurse will discuss consent and confidentiality with you.
Definition of consent – this is your agreement to do something or for something to happen. To give approval – this is you saying “yes” It is important that you attend drop-in because you want to and not because you feel you have to
Definition of confidentiality – this is about respecting your privacy and not sharing what you discuss with anyone else, unless you provide your consent to do so. The School Nurse will explain to you that, what you discuss is confidential – school staff, your parents/carers or your friends will not be told that you have attended the drop-in or what you have talked about, unless you have requested/consented to this
Confidentiality will be kept at all times – this is unless you tell the School Nurse something that puts you or someone else at risk of harm. If this happens, the School Nurse will discuss with you of what happens next
The School Nursing Service also offers a free confidential text service called ‘Chat Health’.
Telephone: 0300 2470090 then select option 1 for the School Nursing Team. Line is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
School Immunisation Team
We are a team a specially trained nurses and support staff who have vast experience in delivering immunisations to School aged children within school and community settings.
Our nurses are used to working in busy environments and using many different methods to ensure that children and young people have the most positive experience possible when receiving their vaccination.
We strongly advocate that this should be a positive experience, ensuring that the children and young people understand fully the benefits of vaccinations and feel part of the process themselves to support them in making healthy choices about their futures.
We work in small local teams to build strong relationships with ‘our schools and communities’ whilst also working within a wider team to ensure that expertise and learning is shared and we are able to support each other to ensure that we are always striving to deliver the safest and best service for our children, young people and the community.
During secondary school you will be offered immunisations – also known as vaccinations
The Immunisation Service provides vaccinations to children and young people aged 5-19 across Wiltshire, Swindon, Bath & North East Somerset and Devon. This is mainly provided in schools but also community venues for those that are home educated or requiring catch up vaccinations. Vaccinations are provided, on behalf of the NHS, in line with the National Childhood Immunisation Programme (NHS, 2019)
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases (NHS, 2019)
What immunisations are offered at secondary school?
Year 7 and all eligible children in special schools up to their 18th birthday – Influenza (Flu) nasal spray vaccination
Year 8 – HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
Year 9 – A second dose of HPV
Year 9 – DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio)
Year 9 – MenACWY (Meningitis A, C, W and Y)
You are likely to have had several vaccinations in the past, as a baby, before you started school and/or if you have been abroad
All children over the age of 5 are also entitled to the Covid-19 vaccinations
In the main this is two injections, there may be reasons you are entitled to three doses, you can find this information following the link below
The Covid-19 vaccination is not provided by the Immunisation Service. An appointment can be made via – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/
Consent for vaccinations
Parents/carers will be notified that you are due a vaccination either via email, text message or letter from the school
It is important that you understand the importance of receiving vaccinations. If you have any questions, talk to your parents/carers, visit the School Nurse at the drop-in or go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/. This will allow you and your parent/carers to make an informed (factual) choice to provide consent and receive vaccinations.
What if you have missed/miss a vaccination?
The Immunisation Service offers a catch up programme for the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine (which will have been offered to you prior to starting at primary school) and vaccines mentioned on the previous page
Your parents/carers should be able to tell you if you have received all of your childhood vaccines (to date). For any queries, your GP (doctor) or the Immunisation Service will know which vaccines you have/haven’t received
If you have missed a vaccine, you can attend one of the Immunisation Service’s catch up clinics. An appointment can be made via 0300 247 0082