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.
What we do
- Supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 4-18 years, school nurses work across education and health, providing a valuable link between school, home and the community.
- School nurses are qualified and registered nurses or midwives who have chosen to gain experience, training and qualifications to become specialist community public health nurses.
Who can access this service?
- Any Parent, guardian, carer, foster carer, teacher or in fact anyone with a health concern about a school age child.
- Email the school nursing service at: SchoolNurses@gov.gg
- 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 in the downloads section.
- 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 in the downloads section.
- 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 Dose 1 in Year 8 and Dose 2 in Year 9 for all students.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY Boosters for all year 9 students.
- You can view a leaflet Immunisations for Young People on the immunisations offered in secondary school in the downloads section.
- More information on each specific immunisation can be found in the drop downs 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. The School Nurse Team will be visiting all Primary Schools in October and November to offer this vaccine in schools to all primary school age children.
- Further information can be found on NHS Immunisation Website
- NB: The School Nursing Team have now completed the Nasal Flu Programme for Autumn 2019.
HPV for Year 8 and 9
- From September 2019, all 12 and 13 year olds in school Year 8 will be offered the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The vaccine used is called Gardasil.
- It helps protect against cancers caused by HPV, including:
- Cervical Cancer.
- Some mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers.
- Some cancers of the anal and genital areas.
- It also helps protect against genital warts.
- In Guernsey, girls and boys aged 12 to 13 years will be routinely offered the first HPV vaccination when they are in school Year 8.
- The second dose will be offered approximately 12 months after the first (in school Year 9).
- It is important to have both doses to be protected.
- The School Nurses will be visiting all Guernsey schools in January, February and March 2020 to offer HPV vaccine to all pupils in Year 8 and to female pupils in Year 9 who received their first dose in early 2019. Parents / guardians will receive a letter and a consent form and the Leaflet Immunisations for Young People in the post.
- You can find out more information on the vaccine in the NHS HPV Vaccination leaflet and in the Gardasil Product Information leaflet You can also read more about the HPV vaccine on the NHS Immunisation website
- Clinics are held at Lukis House if needed. Details of clinics can be obtained by calling 725241 ex 5286.
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 Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY. School Nurses will visit secondary schools in the summer term to offer these boosters. These are the final immunisations offered in the routine childhood schedule. You can view the The routine immunisation schedule from January 2020 [71kb].
- You can read more about these vaccines on the NHS Immunisation website here: DTP and Meningitis ACWY
- It is important that you read the product information leaflets for the vaccines before you provide consent. You can find these here: DTP and Meningitis ACWY
- You will receive a letter and a consent form in the post and you will be asked to return this to school by a set date.
- Catch up clinics are held at Lukis House if needed. Details of clinics can be obtained by calling 725241 ex 5286.
- Please contact the School Nursing Team if you require any further help or information. Please use the contact button on the right of this screen to see how you can contact us.
- The BCG vaccine (which stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine) is not given as part of the routine childhood schedule. In Guernsey (as in the UK) it is only given when a child or adult is thought to have an increased risk of coming into contact with TB.
- More information on the BCG vaccine can be found here. NHS Immunisation Website-TB
- You can view the leaflet TB, BCG Vaccine and your baby here. TB,BCG vaccine and your Baby Leaflet. [258kb]
- You can read the Vaccine Product Information here. BCG vaccine product Information [286kb][
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