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Does your DC's school administer medicine?

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LondonBus Mon 17-Jun-13 21:39:12

I presumed all schools administered prescribed medicines, but apparently my DC's school doesn't.

It's not a problem for me, as I'm able to pop in a lunchtime to give antibiotics.

I was just wondering if this was normal.

PoppyWearer Mon 17-Jun-13 21:40:52

Ours will apply creams for eczema but not antibiotics.

CheesyPoofs Mon 17-Jun-13 21:41:30


ariane5 Mon 17-Jun-13 21:41:55

I thought all schools did up until dd2 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and her consultant told us that some schools refuse to do the injections/tests and make a parent go in to do it (dd due to start next year).

I didn't realise some schools won't even administer liquid medicines?

intheshed Mon 17-Jun-13 21:43:29

No- either the child has to be able to administer it themselves or the parent has to come in and do it.

I was surprised as when DD was at nursery I just had to sign a form to say I agree to them administering it and stating the time and dosage instructions.

AuntieStella Mon 17-Jun-13 21:46:30

Yes, ours do (both primary and secondary).

It has to be a prescribed medicine (OTC painkillers only in very limited circumstances - eg post-injury, not disease/temperature control).

Sirzy Mon 17-Jun-13 21:47:44

The school DS is going to will only give treatment for chronic conditions but won't give antibitoics or anything else.

ShoeWhore Mon 17-Jun-13 21:48:35

Only if the medicine is specifically mentioned in the child's statement here.

Galena Mon 17-Jun-13 21:50:37

I think I read that the school DD will start in Sept does administer prescription meds.

Smartiepants79 Mon 17-Jun-13 21:50:46

No. The issues with potential overdoses/bad reactions are just too awful.

LunaticFringe Mon 17-Jun-13 21:51:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sirzy Mon 17-Jun-13 21:54:20

Only if the medicine is specifically mentioned in the child's statement here.

How does that work? Plenty of children who aren't statemented require long term medication?

Periwinkle007 Mon 17-Jun-13 21:56:26

I think ours does if we fill in the right forms. I may have to find out soon as my DD is possibly going to be on long term medication. luckily I do live only 2 mins away and currently am a stay at home mum so if I did have to go in it would be possible but could make life very difficult.

PareyMortas Mon 17-Jun-13 21:57:30

No. Dd2 has started her periods so I give her two calpol fast melts just in case, but she is in year six.

Hassled Mon 17-Jun-13 21:57:35

DfE guidance here. It's certainly easy enough for schools to do, but it does seem to be down to the individual schools to decide whether they want to put a Administration of Medicines policy in place or not.

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 17-Jun-13 21:58:04

Yes if it's prescription and a form is filled out in triplicate and signed in blood by both parents, all grandparents, the GP and a lawyer. Or something like that...

shallweshop Mon 17-Jun-13 21:58:47

Ours will administer antibiotics if they are needed 4 times a day but not if only 3 times as that is manageable outside of school.

Bunnyjo Mon 17-Jun-13 22:04:01

DD has asthma and her school will administer her inhaler - at 5 she is just too young and doesn't have the physical dexterity to press down the inhaler, especially if she is struggling to breathe.

I did have to fill out a care plan and have it signed by myself, the teacher and the HT. The care plan basically detailed the condition, when to administer the medication, what constitutes and emergency and what to do in an emergency. I also tell the teacher on a morning if DD has been troubled with her asthma during the night and the teacher will contact me if they've had to give DD her inhaler.

TheSecondComing Mon 17-Jun-13 22:04:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 17-Jun-13 22:06:12

Yes they will.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Mon 17-Jun-13 22:07:45

The school I work in will give measured doses (like those neurofen tubes). We also deal with diabetic children, no problem.

Meglet Mon 17-Jun-13 22:11:44


DS has allergies and hayfever so I often get a call on sunny days asking if it's ok to give him a spoonful of certirizine (sometimes the breakfast dose doesn't last all day).

They'd have to jab him with an epi-pen if he went into anaphlactic shock.

ariane5 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:12:20

Naturalblonde-If you could would you pm me as have been trying to find out about what schools will/wont do and have been told some odd things by school and dsn and was just wondering if diabetes is really dealt with like this in schools.

Sorry for thread hijack! (Have been getting no help from anywhere and can't find out what I need to!)

Hulababy Mon 17-Jun-13 22:13:21

Only prescribed meds at school I work at. This includes diabetes testing, epipens, inhalers, etc. But we don't administer Calpol, etc unless they have been prescribed by a doctor.

Hulababy Mon 17-Jun-13 22:14:45

PareyMortas - DD has a pack of Fastmelts at school for the same reason. I spoke to the school and they keep them in the office for her, rather than her keeping them in her bag and other children potentially having access to them. I sent in a letter and it is kept with them which allows DD to self medicate.

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