School nurses work across education and health, providing a link between school, home and the community in order to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 4-18 years.
School nurses are qualified and registered nurses or midwives many of whom have chosen to gain additional experience, training and qualifications to become specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN - SN).Their additional training in public health helps them to support children and young people and their families in making healthy lifestyle choices, enabling them to reach their full potential and enjoy life.
- Each primary school has a named school nurse who can be contacted either through the school or directly at Lukis House. We can provide confidential help and advice to children, parents, carers and families in these areas:
- Help and support for parents and carers to meet their children's health needs such as healthy lifestyle, enuresis (bed-wetting), sleep and hygiene.
- Support parents and carers with their child's physical and emotional health and behaviour.
- Offer growth, hearing and vision checks.
- Support children with special needs and complex medical needs.
- Support and training for education staff when a child has a health condition.
- You can find information on preparing your child for school here: Preparing your Child for Reception [422kb]
- Each secondary school has a named school nurse.
- The School Nurse will run a weekly drop-in clinic at each school providing confidential help and advice to you.
- This clinic will be at the same time and on the same day each week in term-time.
- You can just turn up to the clinic and you do not need to let anyone know you are going.
- The school nurse can:
- Provide help and advice on healthy lifestyle choices including healthy eating, sleep, puberty, sexual health, smoking, drugs and alcohol and keeping safe.·
- Provide support with emotional health - feeling angry and upset, anxiety, friends and relationships, bullying and exam stress.
- Support individuals with special needs and complex medical needs.
- Refer and signpost to other services.
- Immunisations are offered to school age children in Guernsey in schools by the School Nursing Team. Immunisations offered follow the United Kingdom routine immunisation schedule
- You can view the routine schedule here. Routine Immunsiation schedule [49kb].
- All immunisations given in school to school age pupils are free of charge. You will receive information about these immunisations and a consent form to complete when vaccinations are due.They will be given in school by experienced school nurses who will make sure nervous pupils are as comfortable as possible
- Please contact the School Nursing service if you have any questions about Immunisations. If you know your child has missed some immunisations please call and we can help arrange for your child to receive these.
- School Nurses offer Immunisation catch up clinics at Lukis House. Please contact us by calling 725241 ex 5286 to find out the date of our next clinic.
- School Nurses offer the following routine immunisations:
- Nasal flu for primary school children
- HPV for year 8 and 9 girls Diphtheria,
- Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY Boosters for all year 9 students.
- More information on these immunisations can be found in the dropdowns below.
Nasal Flu for Primary School children
- Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Children need to have this vaccine each year. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects.It's quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.
- You can read more about this vaccine at the NHS Immunisation Website and you can view the nasal flu vaccine product information leaflet here Vaccine product information leaflet [239kb]
- You will receive a letter and a consent form from your child's school approximately 3 weeks before the date we are due to visit the school. You will be asked to return the completed consent to school approximately 10 days before we are due to visit the school.
- You can view the Nasal flu letter 2018 here: Nasal Flu Letter [213kb]
- The consent form can be viewed here: Nasal Flu Consent form [392kb]
- You can view a list of the dates we are due to visit schools and the dates consent forms must be returned to school by here: Nasal flu school dates and consent return dates [203kb]
- Due to the time taken to process forms we regret that if a form is returned late we will not be able to see your child at school but we will offer you the chance to attend a clinic at Lukis house.
- Any child who is absent from school on the day of the session or whose form has not been returned on time will be offered a clinic appointment time at Lukis House.
- Clinic appointments can be made by calling 725241 ex 5286.
HPV for Year 8 and 9 Girls
- The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil is offered to female students at school. Two doses of this vaccine is required to provide protection. School Nurses will visit secondary schools in the term following Christmas to offer dose 1 to Year 8 girls and dose 2 to girls in Year 9 who had the first dose last year. Letters and consent forms will be sent out to you with further details nearer the time.
- More information on this vaccine can be found on the NHS Immunisation Website
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY Boosters for year 9 boys and girls
- All students in year 9 are offered booster injections of DTP and Meningitis ACWY. School nurses will visit secondary schools in the summer term to offer these boosters. Letters and consent forms will be sent out to you with further details nearer the time.
- More information on these vaccines can be found on the NHS immunisation Website - DTP Meningitis ACWY