Always carry your inhaler
An important ingredient of success at school is to stay healthy. For many of our students this is helped by the use of inhalers to assist with asthma and other breathing conditions.
During school time we advise students to always carry their inhaler with them, but also to keep a spare in school if required. It is parents’ responsibility to ensure that this spare inhaler is in school – we do not provide them – and to ensure that the spare does not go beyond its expiry date.
For many of our students, it is the blue ‘reliever’ inhaler that they need to have in school. The brown ‘preventer’ is designed to be used at home in the morning and evening.
Injuries at home
We have wonderful first aid and health support facilities in school but none of our team are health care professionals. We are experienced first aiders. We are able to administer first aid, consult parents and in emergencies call an ambulance. Parents should not send their child to school with a home injury requiring first aid treatment in school.
A changing situation
Over time it is likely your child’s health care needs will change. Please remember to let school know and to discuss a new healthcare plan, even when it is an improving situation.
Each year some students miss out on school visits because their records state they have asthma but they do not carry an inhaler or keep a spare in school. When contacted, parents often tell us their child no longer has asthma. Updating health records can save time and disappointment. Similarly a change in treatment or medication requires a new consented health care plan. Please help us to keep our records up to date.