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Medication In School


Medication in school


In cases of chronic illness or long term complaints such as asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis or epilepsy.

This information will be updated regularly and recorded on the pink card in the school office, it will also be recorded on the computer database and noted on the front of the child’s buff record folder. At the beginning of each year a class list with this information is circulated to each class teacher.

We may be provided with an Individual Health Care Plan from the child’s parents, GP or the school health service.

We can also request support from the School Health Service who need to know about the child’s condition.

Cases where children are recovering from short term illness, but are well enough to return to school.

In these cases the school should receive a note confirming that the child is well enough to return to school whilst still requiring medication, if possible this should be from the G.P.



Whenever it is practicable the parent should administer the medication. We can encourage parents to come into school or suggest that the child goes home at lunchtime to receive their medication. Where clinically possible, medicines should be prescribed in dose frequencies which enable them to be taken outside school hours. Where this is not possible, the following will apply:

  • medicines will only be administered at school when it would be detrimental to a child’s health or school attendance not to do so
  • medicines can be self administered if possible
  • no child will be given medicines without their parent’s written consent  
  • non-prescription medicines will ideally be administered by parents, if this is not possible should they be needed during the school day or on an educational visit parents should provide written consent
  • no child will be given a medicine containing aspirin unless it has been prescribed by a doctor; parents will be required to give their written consent
  • the school will only accept prescribed medicines that are in-date, labelled, provided in the original container, as dispensed by the pharmacist, and include instructions for administration, dosage and storage- the exception to this is insulin which must be in-date, but will generally be available to schools inside an insulin pen or pump, rather than its original container
  • medicines will be stored safely, this in a classroom or in a fridge. Children who need to access their medicines immediately, such as those requiring asthma inhalers or epipens, will be shown where they are- on educational visits, medicines will also be available and they will be looked after by a relevant member of staff
  • pupils should know where their medicines are stored
  • if a controlled drug has been prescribed, it will be kept securely in the safe, only named staff will have access to such medication so that it can be administered to the specific child. The school will keep a record of doses administered, stating what, how and how much was administered, when and by whom- any side effects of the medication to be administered will be noted
  • medicines that are no longer required or are out of date should be returned to the parent for safe disposal
  • written records will be kept of all medicines administered to children
  • the member of staff administering the medicine should check the maximum dosage and when the previous dosage was taken  
  • sharp boxes will always be used for the safe disposal of needles
  • if teachers need to bring their own medicines into school they should be safely locked away at all times, and away from any medicines taken by children