15th November 2016
MEDICATION IN SCHOOL
This letter is a reminder of the school’s policy on the administration of prescribed and non-prescribed medication to students, based on guidance and regulations issued by H M Government.
In most circumstances, medication (e.g. antibiotics) prescribed three times a day can be taken at home – before school, after school and before bedtime. However, we appreciate some prescribed medication need to be administered during the school day.
Medication will only be administered to students with a pharmacy label and clear written instructions provided and the medicine must be kept in a properly labelled container. The label must be clear and free from alterations or defacement and must show:
• The name of the medication
• The name of the student
• The dosage
• Specific directions for the medication (not simply “as directed” or “as required”)
• Precautions relating to the medication (e.g. “caution, may cause drowsiness” or “store in a refrigerator”)
• The name of the dispensing pharmacist/doctor
• The expiry date and the date of issue
Non-prescribed medication will not be administered at school.
Students with asthma should bring their inhalers to the office clearly labelled. When you collect your prescription it would be helpful if you could ask the pharmacist to put a copy label on the inhaler. I am sure you will appreciate the detailed framework which is required for the dispensation of medicine.
If you have any questions or comments please direct them to Mrs Bradford – Office Manager.
Mrs J Finn