Buckholme Towers School and Nursery First Aid Policy

Most first aid treatment will be carried out in the playground or in the school office. The first aid boxes are well equipped and include first aid equipment and materials. A selection of clean clothes for both boys and girls are also available.

Children who have an accident or who are unwell should be sent to the office accompanied by another child, unless the member of staff feels it is more appropriate to take the child themselves.  Children should not be sent on their own.  This will ensure that there is someone to take a message back to the teacher if needed.

Any minor incidents are written up in the first aid incident folder. Major incidents (joints/ head etc) a form is completed which is scanned in by the office administrator and sent home. For more serious injuries, parents will be phoned immediately and given the chance to pick their child up and the form will follow.

All staff undergo first aid training. Swimming teachers undergo training in Lifesaving and Rescue. Bella Buchanan and Sophie Lloyd hold Paediatric First Aid Certificates.

2.         First Aid Kits

These are located in the School Office, in the kitchen and on the first and second floors (Art/Science room) areas. A playground First Aid kit is located in the reception area and should be taken outside by a member of staff on playground duty. This is to deal with any minor incidents.

The contents comply with current Health and Safety recommendations and will be checked regularly by a designated member of staff.

Any use of the kit should be recorded in the Accident and Incident Book (kept in the office) and the items can then be replaced.

There are a number of First Aid kits around school, so all staff are able to treat very minor injuries.

Paediatric and  First Aid Certificates

All staff have completed Emergency First Aid courses, while Mrs Buchananand Miss LLoyd hold Paediatric First Aid Qualifications and Miss Hamblin holds a First Aid at Work certificate.

3.         Recording and Reporting

All accidents and treatments except the very minor should be recorded on the

Accident Form. If in any doubt record the incident.

Notes to Parents

Notes will be emailed to a child’s parents to inform and explain to parents/carers of any accidents and/or treatments given. In the case of a child in After School Club, the form will be given to the member of staff supervising and asked to be passed on to the adult collecting from After School Club.

HSE Accident Report Book – Reporting Accidents for ‘RIDDOR’

Entries are to be made into this book for the recording of accidents and injuries which involve adults, i.e. staff, parents or visitors.

When you are injured at work, the law says that you have to tell your employer as soon as you can.  You can do this by writing about your accident in this book or asking someone else to do so on your behalf.

This book satisfies the regulations about keeping records of accidents involving people at work.

  • RIDDOR ’95 (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations)
  • Social Security Administration Act 1992

The Health and Safety Officer (I Robertson) is responsible for the completion of RIDDOR forms and for reporting to the Health and Safety Executive.

4.         Hygiene

Wear disposable gloves to protect yourself – these can be found in all First Aid Kits

Care should be taken when dealing with any incidents, especially involving blood or vomit, to prevent cross infection to other children or staff.  Use caution when moving the child to avoid any unnecessary spreading of the hazard – try to contain it in one place.  Cordon off areas until they can be cleaned properly.                                                                   

There are containers of ‘Emergency Spillage Compound’ which can be sprinkled over any indoor fluid based accidents.

Make sure the office and caretaking or cleaning staff are informed of the hazard.

It is good practice for everyone to cover cuts and wounds if they are bleeding.

5.         Serious Incidents and Referrals

In a serious incident it may be more appropriate to deal with the child in situ and send for the first aider rather than send the child to the medical room.  Serious incidents could be: any change in level of consciousness, severe bleeding, or suspected fracture.

Should a child remain distressed or need medical attention / hospital treatment, parents will be contacted by telephone to collect their child from school. Only in serious emergencies will children be accompanied to hospital by staff to await parents there.

In an emergency situation an ambulance would normally be called for by a member of staff. 

In any circumstances where a parent does not accompany their child to hospital, the Confidential Health Information Form should go with the child.  It contains information that medical staff may need and the parental signature consenting to treatment in life-threatening situations.

6.         Head / Facial injuries

A qualified paediatric first aider must be contacted to deal with all bumps to the head and face because of concerns around the hidden aspects of head injuries.  The injury may not have seemed particularly severe at the time but symptoms can be delayed.  The brain can be affected by a blow anywhere on the head, not only areas covered by hair.

It is important that information is passed on so that the child can be monitored.

A child, showing any signs of head injury; eg confusion, impaired vision, dizziness, vomiting, changes in consciousness, will not be returned to the classroom but kept under observation in the school office until the parents / guardians arrive.

7.         Lunchtimes

Children who are hurt or feel ill at lunchtime will be sent to the Duty First Aider by the Lunchtime Supervisor or duty staff. The injured or ill child must be accompanied by another child or if a more serious incident has occurred, by a member of staff.

All accidents involving a bump to any part of the head (incl. face/eyes/nose) will be sent for checking and recording.

After treatment, children will be sent back to the playground to report to the person who sent them in.

8.         Sports Injuries

Sports injuries will be assessed by PE / Sports staff and may be treated on the spot before sending to the office.

Any significant treatments given must be recorded on the Accident Form.

9.              Illness

If a child becomes unwell during the day they can be sent, accompanied, to the Deputy Head, who will then decide on further action.   

Attempts will always be made to send a child home if they have; a raised temperature, severe pain, vomiting or diarrhoea or were known to be unwell before school.

10.       Medicines – Please see separate policy for administering medicines

The school will try to co-operate with parents in the giving of medicines where it is necessary during the school day.  This facility is intended mainly to help where a child needs to complete a course of medication, i.e. antibiotics, or where treatment for ongoing conditions is needed frequently, e.g. eye drops for hayfever. Class Teachers should complete the appropriate forms before administering daily medicines.

Medicines can be handed into the office on arrival at school and should be clearly named and have written instructions from parents confirming dosage and time.

Medicines should be collected at the end of the day and Parents will be asked to sign the record sheet.

11.       Severe Allergies

For some children, contact with the allergen can be life threatening and where this is known to be likely, an automatic injection ‘Epipen’ containing adrenalin will be prescribed.  Depending on the need of the child, and by agreement with the parent, these injection pens are either carried with the child or kept in the medical room in a plastic container which is clearly marked with the child’s name.

12.       Inhalers

Pupils should have access to their inhalers at all times.  The child’s medication should always be freely available and never locked away in a cupboard. Spare ‘blue’ inhalers should be available in school and on the minibus.

13.       Confidential and Health Information Forms

Confidential and Health Information Forms are sent out for parents to complete.  They ask for details of known medical condition as well as address and contact numbers.  The parent(s) sign consent at the end of the form for their child to receive emergency life saving treatment in their absence.

These forms must go with the child to casualty, doctors etc, if anyone but their own parent takes them.

Details are extracted from these forms and written onto class lists to inform staff of any medical information. The forms for the whole school are kept to hand in the Office.

15.       First Aid on Trips

When travelling on school trips / visits it is advisable to take ‘trip buckets’, which contain vomit bags, gloves, wet wipes, paper towels and a first aid kit.

Any injuries treated should be written on an Accident Form on return to school.

Note – In accordance with the Health and Safety Executive current guidelines, all First Aid boxes are green with a white cross.                                                    

In any busy School, it is impossible to prevent all accidents.  However, all staff should be as vigilant as possible to ensure that pupils behave in a sensible and safe meaner.  All teachers are responsible for the safety of pupils in their care.  Staff should be vigilant about risk assessment in all areas of School life.

Any observations or comments relating to unsafe equipment, apparatus or plant should be made to the Headmaster.

Smoking

The School operates a no-smoking policy and staff and parents are all requested not to smoke on school property. 

Maintenance, Cleaning, Repairs

Staff are asked to report all matters concerning the cleaning of classrooms and buildings to the Caretaker/Cleaner.

Reviewed: September 2016