Medical and Health Care

The School Surgery is based on the first floor of the main school building. It is open from 8:00am until 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 8:00am until 1:00pm on Saturdays.  Outside of these times, the Boarding House Staff and onsite First Aiders deal with first aid and medical issues. If a pupil is unwell during the night, the onsite duty staff or the Boarding House Parents can be called upon at any time.

The School Surgery is run by our Registered Nurse. We are a ‘drop in’ service, so no appointment is necessary; however, we do encourage that non-urgent medical issues are dealt with at break times to avoid disruption of classes. The School Nurse can be seen pitch side for matches or major sporting events and is often involved with school trips and weekends away. She is also involved in some PSHE sessions to provide children with health education. The surgery door is always open, and a friendly, listening ear is available to support our children and their families.

Boarding pupils will be registered with Dr Rebecca Pryse, the School Doctor, as NHS patients based at the Swan Practice in Buckingham. During holidays and Exeats pupils can be seen as a Temporary Resident with the family GP if necessary. Day pupils can be seen as emergencies at the Medical Centre as a Temporary Resident. 

Dr Pryse visits every Monday and will see our pupils if required as well as give urgent support and advice regarding any other medical issues between visits. We have a three bed sick bay with bathroom facilities; this is primarily used for full boarders who are unable to go home when unwell but can also be used by day pupils when required.

We treat each child as an individual and devise Care Plans for children with long term health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy, allergy or diabetes to ensure that any child with a medical issue is cared for appropriately. We also ensure that all staff involved with a particular child is fully aware of any on going medical or pastoral issues whilst maintaining strict confidentiality. We hope that this creates an environment where children feel fully supported in all areas of their school life. 

If you wish to contact the medical staff by email please use: surgery@swanbourne.org or call us directly.

Parents are asked to note the following:

  1. If a family Doctor or a Consultant is seen when your child is away from School, details should be sent to the School Nurse for entry into their medical records.  
  2. If, during the holidays, your child is exposed to an infectious illness, tropical disease or malaria, please inform the School Nurse before they return to School.  
  3. Pupils must not bring medication or drugs into School for their personal use unless prescribed by a doctor or with the knowledge of the Medical Team. All medicines must be handed immediately to the School Nurse.  
  4. The boarding house staff have access to the following ‘over the counter’ remedies which are administered by appropriately trained staff following a protocol: Paracetamol for pain and fever, Ibuprofen for pain and fever, Sudafed for nasal congestion, Piriton for allergy.
  5. Pupils do not hold supply of their own medication without an assessment of safety by the School Nurse.
  6. Parents should be aware that some medications prescribed overseas might not be licensed for use in the UK. In this case the School Doctor will make an individual case assessment and offer UK licensed medicines where appropriate. It is very important in such cases, that as much medical information as possible is available to the School Doctor.
  7. Parents will be informed at the time of referral of any specialist appointments or other medical investigations arranged for pupils. An accompanying adult will provide escort for any appointments arranged off site unless parents are available.
  8. Whilst every endeavour will be made to contact parents in an emergency, the Headmaster acting in loco parentis or a member of the School staff has the authority to give permission for urgent medical and/or surgical procedures to be carried out including the administration of a general anaesthetic. It is important that parents leave an emergency contact number with House staff if they are away from home for any reason.
  9. If you have any concerns about the health of your child please discuss it with the School Nurse or Doctor, we welcome communication with parents.
  10. If your child is treated for asthma, epilepsy, anaphylaxis, diabetes or has a history of significant allergy, we feel it is important that teaching and sports’ staff are alerted to this. The diagnosis will appear on your child’s School electronic record, any further details are given only with your consent or that of your child as part of their care plan.