Health

The medical department provides a responsive and accessible medical service from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm, Monday to Friday. This service is primarily for ASL students but also for ASL staff.

 

Our nurses are:

Adam Bonnington, RN
adam_bonnington@asl.org
020 7449 1252

Victoria Haynes, RN
victoria_haynes@asl.org
020 7449 1262

The medical department is staffed by registered nurses during the school day. In addition to assessing and treating illnesses and injuries, and referring to other medical professionals, the nurses are a source of healthcare information. They can offer guidance on using the National Health Service, and provide lists of healthcare facilities and practitioners in and around central London. Informal visits or telephone inquiries from parents are most welcome.

If a student or staff member requires urgent medical attention after hours, the security personnel are the designated staff who will assist in notifying emergency services.

It is a requirement that before starting school, parents must complete the ASL Health Record detailing their child's medical history and any other issues which may affect your child/ren's health or academic performance. It is also important to keep the medical department informed of any significant changes that occur during the school year. It is essential to provide the School with emergency contact numbers and, if you are out of town for a period of time, the telephone number of your child's guardian. The medical department respects patient confidentiality at all times except when this puts the individual or the community at risk. Medical information provided to ASL will be held and processed in accordance with the principles of UK data protection legislation.

ASL follows NICE CKS (Clinical Knowledge Summary) guidelines per the NHS. Common childhood illnesses and afflictions occur frequently at schools, especially among younger children, and rarely require exclusion. If several children in a class or grade share symptoms there may be a mention in Take Note or in a class email to alert parents.

Children who become ill or injured while at school will be excused from class to attend the medical department. The nurse will assess and treat the child. Non-prescription medications may be administered, providing the parent has signed the consent statement on the ASL Health Record. If a hospital visit is considered necessary and a parent or guardian can't be contacted, a member of the medical department, or a responsible adult, will accompany the child to the hospital and remain with them until the parent/guardian arrives.

In the case of certain communicable illnesses, the school must be informed immediately. These include chickenpox, measles, german measles, mumps, whooping cough, scarlet fever, food poisoning, impetigo, and scabies. Your child must be kept at home until the infection resolves or ceases to be contagious (please contact one of the nurses for advice). Students recovering from viral illness should not return to school until they are able to handle the full program.

The medical department provides information and guidance on using the NHS. It can also give details on how to register with a family doctor (GP) and can provide lists of NHS providers. Informal visits or telephone inquiries from parents are most welcome.

Parents should be aware that all ASL personnel are mandated reporters in cases of child abuse or neglect. A copy of the School's policy and procedures is available here (pdf).

Finding a doctor

Regardless of whether you have private health insurance, it is highly advisable to register with a National Health Service Doctor (GP). NHS doctors must provide medical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also, if you are too ill to visit the surgery, NHS GPs will consult with you in your own home. This is not always the case with a private doctor, who might only be available at set times of the day or week and may not be available to visit you at home, if needed.

Additionally, NHS Direct is a 24-hour telephone helpline. Call 0845 4647 to speak to specially trained nurses who can advise on whether or not you need to visit a GP, a pharmacist, a walk-in centre or a hospital. They can also provide details of the nearest emergency room or minor injury clinic.

School nursing staff can provide lists of GPs and dentists in your area, 020 7449 1252/1262. Alternatively, http://www.nhs.uk is a fantastic resource containing details of health providers in every UK postal area.

Common childhood illnesses

Travel advice resources

If you are traveling to another country, we recommend that inform yourself of potential travel health issues. Listed below are websites that provide traveler health information. Many diseases and conditions related to traveling can be avoided by being informed and prepared. The links below provide up-to-date information regarding disease outbreaks, news, advice and country-specific vaccine recommendations.

http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/home.aspx

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx

The US Embassy in London provides information on travel warnings with a link to the state department website: http://travel.state.gov/
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