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Seaton Burn College

Seaton Burn College

The Administration of Medication in school

Parents or guardians have prime responsibility for their children’s health and should give schools sufficient information about their children’s medical condition and treatment or special care needed at school.

  • There is no legal duty which requires staff to administer medication; this is a voluntary role. Staff who assist with any form of medication, in accordance with the Administration of Medicine in Schools policy are explicitly reassured that they will be acting within the scope of their employment and that they will be indemnified. 
  • Only prescribed medication will be administered by school based staff, non-prescribed drugs will not.
  • Unless children are acutely ill they should attend school. To facilitate this it may be necessary for them to take medication during school hours, however this should only be when essential. Where clinically appropriate medicines can be prescribed in dose frequencies, which enable it to be taken outside of school hours and parents should ask the prescriber about this. Medicines that need to be taken three times a day could be taken in the morning, after school and at bedtime.
  • Written agreement from parents/guardian is required prior to administering any medication – please complete Form A and hand in to school.
  • Written confirmation of instructions from a health practitioner is required prior to administering any medication.
  • The school has a system of record keeping and records of all administration and disposal of medications are kept.
  • A parent/guardian request form should be completed each time there is a request for medication to be administered or there are changes to medication/administration instructions.
  • It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to notify school of any change in medication or administration.
  • Pupils with complex medical needs will have an Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP). Please contact the SEN Department on 2361700 ext 275 to discuss. Form C will have to be completed and handed in to the SEN department.

Self-Administration of Medication

Parents/guardians must complete a written request form for a child to self-administer medication. (Examples would include Insulin and or asthma medication. This is not a conclusive list). This would only be allowed if a child has been trained and is competent to administer their own medication. Please complete Form D and hand in to school.

When medication is brought to school:

  1. All medication must be in the original container.
  1. All medication MUST be clearly labeled with:
  • the child’s name
  • the name and strength of the medication
  • the dosage and when the medication should be given
  • the expiry date
  1. All medication (including homeopathic) must be accompanied by a written confirmation by a health practitioner (e.g. GP, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner) including the time/dose to be given in school.
  1. If two medications are required, these should be in separate, clearly and appropriately labeled containers.
  1. On arrival at school, all medication is to be handed to the designated member of staff by the parent, unless there is prior agreement with school and pupil for the pupil to carry medication (e.g. asthma inhalers) and details of this are entered in the medication record.