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Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School

Medical Information

What do I do if my child is ill


You must inform us on the day of your child's absence by telephone or email to the school office if your child is unable to come to school, you must continue to do this until your child is well enough to return to school.  

 If your child has been sick or had diarrhoea, please do not send him/her back to school until 48 hours after the last bout.

Please let us know if your child develops a medical condition or if a known condition changes in some way.


If your child suffers from asthma, an inhaler must be kept in school and should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. A form must be completed detailing your child’s medication and frequency of use. Parents will be informed when the expiry date has passed and the inhaler needs to be replaced.

 Asthma Form - this needs to be completed for all pupils requiring an inhaler in school

Prescribed Medication


Please remember that we are only allowed to give prescribed medication at school after consultation with the Headteacher.  We are only allowed to administer medication in school that has been prescribed by a doctor.

If your child has to take medication during school time please note that we can only do this if it has to be taken 4 times a day.  The guidelines are that if  medicine has to be taken 3 times a day, this can be given at home first thing in the morning, after school and just before bedtime.

If your child does have medicine which needs to be taken during the school day, the medicine must be brought to the school office (not the classroom) and a form completed by you before any medication is given.

What happens if my child is ill or has an accident at school?


It is vitally important that we have your home and/or mobile telephone number, if you have one, plus an emergency number. This may be a grandparent, friend or neighbour or your partner's work number. If this changes for any reason please let us know immediately so we can change our records.

We have trained First Aiders on site and in the event of accident or illness they decide whether it is serious enough to contact you and ask you to collect your child.  In the occasional case they may decide that the child needs hospital treatment urgently, we would arrange to meet you there.

If your child suffers a bump to the head we will give you a note explaining how this may affect them and advice on what to do.  We will also contact you by phone as soon as possible after the incident to advise you of the injury.  At all times your child's comfort and safety is our main concern.