Health Care

Feeling Ill at School

On occasions it may be necessary for a child to be taken home due to ill health, etc. In all cases the school makes every effort to contact a parent in the first instance. If a parent is not available the school will make contact with the child’s emergency contact for the necessary arrangements to be made. It is essential, therefore, for the school to have an emergency contact that can be reached by telephone should any child have to be taken home unexpectedly. Under no circumstances will a child be sent home/allowed to leave the school unaccompanied.


Medical and Dental Examinations

Children are examined medically during their school life, normally in the first year of primary schooling and then at 10 – 11 years and 13 – 14 years, by staff of Lanarkshire Health Board. Parents are notified in advance and will be informed if any issues arise from the medical.

Occasionally the school nurse may visit to examine whole classes for general fitness and hygiene.

Dental inspections are carried out on a routine basis in primary schools and parents are offered any necessary treatment for their children although they may choose instead to attend the family dentist.

Children who are thought to have sight, speech or hearing problems may be referred to the appropriate service by the Head Teacher, where any necessary tests may be carried out by qualified staff – naturally, parents are informed before any referral. Parents should always inform the school of any medical problems, which may affect their child’s schooling or if their child needs regular medical treatment.


Prolonged Illness

If a young person is unable to attend a suitable educational establishment as a result of prolonged ill-health, North Lanarkshire Council must make special arrangements for the pupil to receive education elsewhere, other than at an educational establishment.

In North Lanarkshire, children and young people are treated in the paediatric in-patient unit within Wishaw General Hospital. It is not common for children and young people to have extended stays in Wishaw General, and therefore North Lanarkshire Council does not require a dedicated hospital education service. Children and young people resident in North Lanarkshire and in hospital in Glasgow, can access education through the Hospital Education Service (H.E.S.). The service is provided by Glasgow City Council Education Department and Social Services. For further information, please contact your child’s school.

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