If your child needs Medication in School and you would like School staff to administer the medication during School hours, this consent form must be returned to us as soon as possible. Medication sent to School CANNOT be given without this information and written consent.
Thank you for your co-operation.
The school will only accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist or nurse. Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration. The school will not accept medicines that have been taken out of the container as originally dispensed nor make changes to dosage on parent’s/carer’s instructions. Ideally, if medicines are prescribed in dose frequencies which enable taking outside of school hours, parents/carers may be encouraged to ask their prescriber about this.
Over the Counter Medicines (OTC)
The school will only accept and administer OTC medicines for minor conditions as and when required and only if written consent has been received from the parent/carers. Staff should never give a non-prescribed medicine to a child unless there is specific prior written agreement from parents/carers. Please note, if a child suffers from frequent or acute pain the parents/carers should be encouraged to refer the matter to their GP. A child under 16 should never be given aspirin unless prescribed by a doctor.
Parents/carers are asked not to send non-prescribed medicines into school under the responsibility of their child, e.g. in their packed lunch/drink. Where possible the medicine, in the smallest amount, in its original packaging, should be brought into school by the parent/carer or their escort and it should be delivered personally to a designated member of staff. If any medicine for which the Headteacher has not received written notification is sent into school, the staff will not be responsible for that medicine.
All medicines, including controlled drugs, will be returned to the parent/carer when no longer required, for them to arrange for safe disposal. All medicines are returned at the end of the Summer Term. Any which are not returned will be taken to a local pharmacy for safe disposal.
Read our policy on managing medicine in schools
Read the Department for Education’s Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions PDF