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Pupils reminded about school nurse services

With children heading back to school in September, those starting secondary education are being encouraged to get to know their school nurse so they know where to go for help and advice.

The start of a new school year can bring anxiety and worry for some parents and young people, especially when children are starting school for the first time.

This also applies to youngsters who are leaving the familiar surroundings of their primary school to what can be a large and intimidating environment of a new secondary school.

Director of nursing, Viv Bennett, admitted that each situation can be a daunting prospect but there is support on offer to those who need it through a combination health visitors, GPS and school nurses.

She added: “Moving up to secondary school can also present challenges for young people and their parents, as it brings home the fact that their child is moving on to a new stage in their development that will end in adulthood.

“It is crucial that there is a good awareness of the support and advice that can be provided by the school nursing service.”

The School Nursing service has a fundamental role in improving the physical and emotional health of children and young people, and it has been working with young people to design eye-catching information to promote its range of services.

Pupils can now make appointments to see the school nurse via texting, plus they will be able to view information outside of the usual school hours through the launch of more websites of school nursing services.

Readers' comments (3)

  • "The School Nursing service has a fundamental role in improving the physical and emotional health of children and young people"

    Oh dear...... There's another scapegoat to be pilloried by the tabloid press for the hard drinking, substance misusing, thieving and generally disaffected feral youth that blights so many communities.

    Tin hat time methinks......

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  • If only we did have time to improve anything! All we do is firefight and jump in when situations have become completely unmanagable. It would be so lovely to have the time and resources to provide any of the preventative, early intervention that everyone keeps talking about!

    Powers that be need to get a realistic view of school nursing so that we can obtain the kind of central government funding and support that health visitors have got.

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  • The main problem is that no one understands our job (despite being told over and over). As a result, other disciplines are put in place to take over parts of our role. This I might add is at a great cost! then when the funding is withdrawn we are left to pick up the pieces.

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