The medical centre at Bedstone College is staffed by two part time qualified nurses who provide three surgeries a day from Monday to Saturday between 8.30am and 4.30pm. They provide medical support and health advice for day and boarding students as well as staff. The medical centre is fully equipped with a waiting room, a treatment room, an isolation room, a quiet room and two separate wards with separate bathroom facilities for boys and girls should they become unwell whilst at school. Our nursing team are able to assess and treat minor injuries and illness with over the counter medications. The Nurses can help support and manage chronic disease such as asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy. They provide medical care following the schools own comprehensive health guidelines. They can help arrange repeat prescriptions. Children can self refer to the school counsellor directly or through the Sister or another member of staff in confidence.
Boarders are registered with Dr M. Kiff, our local GP’s at Wylcwm Street www.wylcwmstreetsurgery.co.uk. There are two surgeries a week at their surgery in Knighton, Powys. For emergencies or in the case of an ill student, appointments can be accessed at other times. The practise also offers health clinics and travel immunisations run by specialist practise nurses. For out-of-hours care, the local out of hours service NHS 111 is accessed for advice and treatment and the local hospitals at Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Hereford used for emergency treatment, all are within 28-40 miles from the college. In addition to any on site provision, boarders have access to other local specialist services such as physiotherapy, orthodontic, optometry or emergency dental treatment under the entitlements of the NHS service. The Shropshire Immunisation team visit the college three times a year to deliver childhood immunisations to students in accordance with the UK immunisation schedule.
New joiners are asked for a medical history and consent forms and boarders have the chance to talk to Sister during their first days. We store medicines safely and dispense them with parental permission.
We recommend eye and dental care be carried out during school holidays. The majority of teaching and support staff have first aid training. The nurses liaise with houseparents, tutors and the sports department to support emotional and physical health and wellbeing. Parents are welcome to call into the health centre or contact us by phone or email.