School Nurses work across Education and Health, providing a link between school, home and the community in order to improve the health and wellbeing of school age children up to the age of 18 years.
What we do
- Supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 4-18 years, School Nurses work across Education and Health, providing a valuable link between school, home and the community.
- School Nurses are qualified and registered Nurses or Midwives who have chosen to gain experience, training and qualifications to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.
Who can access this service?
- Any Parent, Guardian, Carer, Foster Carer, Teacher or in fact anyone with a health concern about a school age child. Please refer to the School Nursing Service Referral Pathway. School Nursing Service Referral Pathway [404kb]
- Email the School Nursing Service at: SchoolNurses@gov.gg or complete the School Nursing Service Referral Form. School Nursing Service Referral Form [312kb]
- Each primary school has a Lead named School Nurse and Staff Nurse who can be contacted either through the school or directly at Lukis House. We can provide confidential help and advice to children, parents, carers and families in these areas:
- Help and support for parents and carers to meet their children's health needs such as healthy lifestyle, enuresis (bed-wetting), sleep and hygiene.
- Support parents and carers with their child's physical and emotional health and behaviour.
- Offer growth and hearing checks.
- Support children with special needs and complex medical needs.
- Support and training for Education staff when a child has a health condition.
- You can find information on preparing your child in the Downloads section.
- Each secondary school has a named School Nurse.
- The School Nurse will run a weekly drop-in clinic at each school providing confidential help and advice to you.
- This clinic will be at the same time and on the same day each week in term-time.
- You can just turn up to the clinic and you do not need to let anyone know you are going.
- The School Nurse can:
- Provide help and advice on healthy lifestyle choices including healthy eating, sleep, puberty, sexual health, smoking, drugs and alcohol and keeping safe.·
- Provide support with emotional health - feeling angry and upset, anxiety, friends and relationships, bullying and exam stress.
- Support individuals with special needs and complex medical needs.
- Refer and signpost to other services.
- Immunisations are offered to school age children in Guernsey in schools by the School Nursing Team. Immunisations offered follow the United Kingdom routine immunisation schedule
- You can view the routine schedule in the downloads section.
- All immunisations given in school to school age pupils are free of charge. You will receive information about these immunisations and a consent form to complete when vaccinations are due.They will be given in school by experienced school nurses who will make sure nervous pupils are as comfortable as possible
- Please contact the School Nursing service if you have any questions about Immunisations. If you know your child has missed some immunisations please call and we can help arrange for your child to receive these.
- School Nurses offer Immunisation catch up clinics at Lukis House. Please contact us by calling 01481 707368 to find out the date of our next clinic.
- School Nurses offer the following routine immunisations:
- Nasal Flu for all primary school children and children in secondary school Year 7.
- HPV Dose 1 in Year 8 and Dose 2 in Year 9 for all students.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY Boosters for all year 9 students.
- You can view a leaflet Immunisations for Young People on the immunisations offered in secondary school in the downloads section.
- More information on each specific immunisation can be found in the drop downs below.
- With Covid-19 in circulation, it is more important than ever to reduce the number of those becoming ill with Flu this winter to help protect them and the Health Services.
- Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.The Flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Children need to have this vaccine each year. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects, It's quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus. The School Nurse Team will be visiting schools in September, October and November to offer this vaccine in schools to all primary school age children and children in School Year 7.
- You can read more about this vaccine in the Leaflet Protecting your child against Flu and in the Nasal Flu Vaccine Product Information Leaflet
- Children who have medical conditions which put them at increased risk can be seen at Lukis House before the school session if needed. In addition, catch-up clinics are held at Lukis House if needed. Details of clinics can be obtained by calling Tel No: 01481 707368
HPV for Year 8 and 9
- From September 2019, all 12 and 13 year olds in school Year 8 will be offered the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The vaccine used is called Gardasil.
- It helps protect against cancers caused by HPV, including:
- Cervical Cancer.
- Some mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers.
- Some cancers of the anal and genital areas.
- It also helps protect against genital warts.
- In Guernsey, girls and boys aged 12 to 13 years will be routinely offered the first HPV vaccination when they are in school Year 8.
- The second dose will be offered approximately 12 months after the first (in school Year 9).
- It is important to have both doses to be protected.
- You can find out more information on the vaccine in the following publications: (Click to view)
- Clinics are held at Lukis House if needed. Details of clinics can be obtained by calling Tel No: 01481 707368.
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY Boosters for year 9 boys and girls
- All students in year 9 are offered booster injections of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) and Meningitis ACWY. School Nurses will visit secondary schools in the summer term to offer these boosters. These are the final immunisations offered in the routine childhood schedule. You can view the Routine Immunisation Schedule June 2020 [55kb].
- You can read more about these vaccines on the NHS Immunisation website here: DTP and Meningitis ACWY
- It is important that you read the product information leaflets for the vaccines before you provide consent. You can find these here: DTP and Meningitis ACWY
- You will receive a letter and a consent form in the post and you will be asked to return this to school by a set date.
- Catch up clinics are held at Lukis House if needed. Details of clinics can be obtained by calling 725241 ex 5286.
- Please contact the School Nursing Team if you require any further help or information. Please use the contact button on the right of this screen to see how you can contact us.
- The BCG vaccine (which stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine) is not given as part of the routine childhood schedule. In Guernsey (as in the UK) it is only given when a child or adult is thought to have an increased risk of coming into contact with TB.
- More information on the BCG vaccine can be found here. NHS Immunisation Website-TB
- You can view the leaflet TB, BCG Vaccine and your baby here. TB,BCG vaccine and your Baby Leaflet. [258kb]
- You can read the Vaccine Product Information here. BCG vaccine product Information [286kb][
Websites and useful resources
- Eyesight: If you have any concerns about your child's eyesight, please contact the Orthoptic Department at the hospital for advice. Telephone: 01481 725241.
- Hearing: If you have any concerns about your child's hearing, please contact us for advice
- Toileting: Please access the latest support and advice from the following websites :
- We can also send you a resource pack if you need help with toilet training. Please let us know if you would like us to send you this.
- Nutrition: please see:
- For advice on healthy lifestyles and healthy eating please visit: HIC
- If you have any concerns around fussy eating or your child's height and/or weight and would like help please contact us.
- Anxiety: It is normal for children to have some anxiety especially when starting school. These resources may be useful for you in discussing emotions and anxiety with your children:
- Behaviour: If you are finding your child's behaviour difficult to manage, we have a resource pack we can send to you. You may also be interested in the Incredible Years Parenting Group. Please let us know if you require further information.
- Sleep: If you have any concerns about your child's sleep and would like help, please contact us, we have a resource pack which we can send you.
- Youth Commission for Guernsey & Alderney: Tel No: 756099 / email: email@example.com
- Offers: Bounce, Indigo, one-to-one emotional support, 6 weekly sessions with a Mentor, Bereavement, LGBT.
- Kindred Centre: Tel No:253279 / Web page: gov.gg/kindredfamilycentre
- Offers: Stepping Stones, Incredible Years - Early Years - Parenting, Triple P - Teen Parenting
- Sexual Health Services:
- Emotional & Mental Health and Wellbeing:
- Substance Misuse:
- Quitline Guernsey (Guernsey stop smoking help) - Tel No: 233170
- Action for Children - Drug / alcohol - Tel No:700218
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