Bringing medicine to school
Non prescribed Medicines
Over the counter medicines are not kept by the school and staff are not permitted to administer any medication to students that has not been prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner. Occasionally some items may be taken on educational visits which should be discussed/agreed with the School Trip Co-Ordinator prior to the trip.
Arrangements for students who require regular Paracetamol (such as for painful periods, etc.) should be dealt with in the same way as prescribed medicines.
Medicines should only be brought to school when essential; that is where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not to be administered during the school day.
Staff may administer prescription medicines, although there is no statutory or contractual duty for them to do this. Parents must complete the ‘Administration of Medicines’ form which is available from the School Office.
Medicines must be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions. This will include:
• Name of child.
• Name of medicine.
• Dose (in some conditions this may vary on a daily basis).
• Method of administration.
• Time/frequency of administration.
• Any side effects.
• Expiry date.
For more information please refer to our full Medicine policy.