Before starting at Harlington School, parents will have be given student information forms, including a medical form, to complete. It is very important that you complete these forms and also keep us up to date if there are any changes to this information.
Allergies, Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy
It is very important that we know about all allergies your child might have, whether slight or severe (plasters, nut allergies, wasp stings, penicillin etc.), so that your child receives the appropriate treatment. If your child carries an Epipen, then please make sure you have seen your allergy doctor or nurse to help your child prepare for the transition to secondary school and managing their medication. Please also request an additional Epipen to be kept in the medical room – thank you. If possible, please provide a copy of your child’s allergy treatment plan from the hospital. All students who have allergies are offered an ID card with a green ‘A’ on the front, but it is entirely their choice whether or not to wear it.
All children who have asthma must carry a blue ‘reliever’ inhaler on their person every day, and also have a spare inhaler kept in the medical room. Volumatic ‘spacers’ are available around the school site, should your child require it.
Children who are diabetic must have enough insulin, other medication and lucozade etc in school to manage their condition. Hillingdon Hospital is currently trialling holding its diabetic clinics at the school – you will be offered an appointment at the school rather than Hillingdon Hospital. All students who have allergies are offered an ID card with a green ‘D’ on the front, but it is entirely their choice whether or not to wear it. Children who have diabetes do not have to queue up for lunch, but may go to the front of the queue.
Children who suffer from epilepsy are offered an ID card with a green ‘E’ on the front, but it is entirely their choice whether or not to wear it.
Accidents, Injuries and/or Sickness
At Harlington School, the health, safety and welfare of students is of utmost importance. If students are injured at school we will monitor the student to ensure they have not suffered any major problems. All first aid incidents are recorded in a book and all major accidents are entered into an accident book. There may be times when the school needs to make contact with parents because the child may need treatment from their G.P. or the Hospital. In these cases the school will make every effort to contact parents as quickly as possible.
If your child feels unwell during school we will contact you so that you can make any necessary arrangements to collect your child. Whilst these arrangements are being made we will keep your child as comfortable as possible in school.
Please ensure that we have your current landline and mobile phone numbers to ensure that we can make contact as quickly as possible, should the need arise.
Students are only permitted to take medication in the Welfare room in the presence of the welfare assistant. With the exception of asthma inhalers, Epipens and insulin for diabetics, students are not allowed to administer drugs themselves. All inhalers should be labelled with your child’s name and be carried by the child at all times. A second inhaler, Epipen or insulin supply must be kept in the medical room as an emergency backup. If a student needs a short-term course of medicine during school time, parents/carers must discuss this with a welfare assistant and give written instructions for them to supervise the medicine. If your child requires long-term medicine, parents/carers should discuss this with the Head of House.
Please note that all prescribed medicines must be in the original packaging. Over the counter medicines such as hay fever tablets and pain killers can only be given if a parent has given written permission and provides such medication in its original packaging.