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Manchester High School for Girls

Medical Facilities

The School Health Service is available to all girls attending the school.  Its’ aim is to help your daughter to keep healthy and happy so that she can enjoy and benefit from her education.

Nursing Sister Mrs D Matthews RGN, School Nurse Cert, BA, QN

At Manchester High School for Girls we have a School Nursing Sister on site. She is a highly qualified and experienced professional nurse, who keeps up to date with current health issues and has an important role in promoting the health and safety of your child.  We also benefit from the services of a Medical Officer, a fully qualified practising GP, who comes into school once a week to conduct routine medicals and follows up and advises on any medical problems girls may have.

Each year you will be asked to complete a confidential medical form.  This will alert the medical team to any particular needs your daughter may have.  Please ensure this is returned to Sister Matthews, the School Nursing Sister.  You will be asked for specific consent for medicals and immunisation.  Please sign the consent section of the medical form which gives permission for routine screening (ie growth and vision monitoring) to take place.  Please note that any medical information which the staff should be aware of, for example details of allergies, is stored on computer.

All new pupils to the School, either in the Preparatory Department or in the Senior School, will be offered a medical and parents are warmly invited to attend this.

The medical room, opposite the school office, is open throughout the school day from 9.00am to 4.00pm.  The School Nurse provides basic first aid and also gives simple medications such as pain killers, which are appropriate for your daughter’s age.  A full list of medicines is enclosed.  If an emergency occurs when the nurse is not in her room, girls should report to the school office.

The School Nurse is also available to offer help, advice and a listening ear to girls, and is available either on a ‘drop in’ basis at break or lunchtime, or by appointment.

Health Promotion

As part of the Pastoral team the School Nurse contributes to Health Education and is involved in the development of health related policies.

Core Programme of Screening and Medicals

At age 4-5 years.  Reception Class

All girls have a routine medical with the School Doctor and Nurse.  Your daughter’s weight, height, sight, hearing and general development will be monitored. Parents are encouraged to attend this medical.

At age 7-8 years.  Year 3

Health surveillance interview.  The School Nurse takes this opportunity of talking to your daughter about diet, exercise and lifestyle.  She will also check growth and vision.

At age 11-12 years.  Year 7

All girls have a routine medical with the School Doctor and Nurse.  Your daughter’s weight, height, sight, hearing and general development will be monitored.  Parents are encouraged to attend this medical.

At age 14-15 years.  Year 10

Girls will be offered the opportunity to meet with the School Nurse to discuss their general health and lifestyle, and for routine screening of height, weight, vision, blood pressure and urinalysis.

At age 16-17 years.  Sixth Form

All new girls to the Sixth Form are offered an appointment to meet with the School Nurse for a health assessment.  They may also see the School Doctor for a medical if they wish.

New girls to the School will be seen by the School Nurse for growth monitoring, vision and hearing checks. They will also be offered the opportunity to see the School Doctor for medical assessment.

Immunisations will be offered in line with the Manchester Primary Care Trust’s immunisation schedule.

School Medical Officer:

Dr J Herd BMedSci, BM, BS, MRCGP, DFFP, DRCOG

Nursing Sister:

Mrs D Matthews RGN, School Nurse Cert, BA, QN