Health Advice

Health Advice

The School Nursing Service

The school nursing service is made up of school nurses who are registered nurses with additional specialist training or experience in Public Health and working with children of school age.

On an annual basis, they provide health assessments and screening (hearing and vision tests) for reception children and height and weight checks in reception and year 6. 

The school nurse leads a team of staff nurses and assistants who work with education, health and other professionals and are available to provide a confidential service for your child(ren) on health issues such as:

  • growth and development
  • healthy eating
  • weight management
  • behaviour issues
  • feelings and emotions
  • continence
  • personal hygiene
  • dental
  • bed wetting
  • sleep
  • additional health and support needs
  • referral on to other services for specialist help

Please contact the school to Miss V Tuart, our SEND/Inclusion Manager or Mrs Cox, our Family Support Worker if you would like to be referred to the Nursing Team about any of the above issues listed.  

School Nursing Service website 

School Nurse Drop In (virtual) sessions for anxious children (Gateshead/Newcastle) 

Nasal Flu Vaccination

The School Nursing Team returned for a seventh year in October 2020, to continue the flu vaccination programme. The vaccine is a needle-free vaccination given as a nasal spray up each nostril to protect children against seasonal flu. The programme was available for children between Reception and Year 6. This year’s take-up was the highest ever at 75%, compared to an average of 64% in previous years. Some children with underlying conditions may have already obtained the vaccine from their GP.

Our School First Aid Team

We currently have ten fully qualified first aiders (eight teaching assistants and two midday supervisors). The qualification is renewed every 3 years. Two are paediatric trained. Additional training is provided by the school nurse to tailor the needs of pupils e.g. asthma, epilepsy, epipen. Mrs Cox, our Extended Schools Coordinator, has also received a first aid qualification as part of her Forest School training.

Our medical room stores all medical resources/medicines and is a quiet place with a bed where pupils may rest if feeling unwell. First aid kits have been allocated to all first aiders and are located in the staffroom and our Dunston Den. A defibrillator is located in the Kingsmeadow Secondary School Reception area.