The Trinity School will undertake to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation with regard to the provision of first aid for pupils, staff and visitors and will make sure that procedures are in place to meet that responsibility.
- To identify the first aid needs of the school
- To ensure that first aid provision is available at all times when people are on school premises and also off the school premises whilst on school trips.
- To appoint the appropriate number of suitably trained people as first aiders and appointed persons to meet the needs of the school and to maintain current qualifications for these people.
- To provide relevant training and ensure monitoring of training needs.
- To provide a sufficient and appropriate resources and facilities.
- To inform staff and parents of the school’s first aid arrangements.
- To keep accident records and to report to the HSE as required under the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrence regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
The school intends to create a new medical room on the lower school site next to the lower school library. Also this will be used by our school nurse on Monday (September 2017).
- An adult at the scene of an accident needs to make a quick assessment of its severity.
- Small cuts and grazes occurring during a lesson can be cleaned and a plaster applied if an injury occurs in an area where there is a first aid boxes e.g. art, DT, Science and PE. Pupils who sustain an injury of this type outside of lessons should be sent to the Reception.
- Serious injuries are any injury that may require a qualified first aider. In these cases send a message to reception to request an ambulance if the need is obvious. Alternatively the person with the casualty should call via mobile and ask another to meet the ambulance and direct it to the injury. For lesser injuries send a message to reception and ask for help. Stay with the casualty while waiting for assistance. Accident report forms must be completed for all injuries by the person who dealt with the injury.
Where possible pupils who are ill should be looked after by the classroom teacher who may choose to make suitable adjustments; open windows, sit a pupil near the door, remove tie and tight clothing etc. Any pupil who is feeling unwell is sent to Reception where the pupil will be asked about their symptoms. A member of the Senior Leadership Team will be informed that the pupil is not feeling well and they will decide if they think the pupil’s parents should be contacted and taken home if necessary. Pupils may be allowed to spend time in the medical room until symptoms improve.
First Aid Training and Qualifications
Staff will be encouraged to gain a first aid certificate. This is particularly helpful to staff who take extra-curricular activities or off site trips. A list of staff is available at the end of this document.
First aid kits are available in the following areas; DT, Science, Art and PE. First aid kits are also available in both Receptions and Medical Room. Three automated defibrillators are available and may be found in the Receptions and on the Year 7 Base outer wall adjacent to the astro turf pitch.
Pupils’ Medical Conditions
On entry to the school or when a medical condition arises, our medical coordinator, parents and medical professionals liaise to provide suitable care in school. Pupils who have these medical conditions, together with details of these conditions, are updated annually by the medical coordinator. Individual health medical passports are available for pupils with a more serious medical condition, such as diabetes, anaphylaxis or epilepsy and information is available on staffroom noticeboards or on SIMS. Please see medical policy for more information.
Hygiene and Infection Control
Basic Hygiene procedures must be adhered to by staff. Single use disposable gloves must be used when treatment involves blood or other bodily fluids and disposed of with dressing, etc., in the medical waste bin provided in the Medical Room. Where possible, staff should wash their hands before dealing with any first aid issues.
Included within the responsibilities of the Health & Safety Coordinator are:-
- To ensure that there are an adequate number of qualified First Aiders and Appointed Persons
- To check the contents of first aid kits each term and re-stock as necessary
- To keep records of all accidents, injuries and other circumstances requiring medical or first aid attention (RIDDOR)
Where an injury or other medical condition is an emergency, an ambulance should be called. Ideally, this will be on the advice of the School Nurse or a First Aider, but there may be circumstances where it is apparent that such a call must be made immediately.
If a parent cannot accompany a pupil to hospital, a member of staff will accompany the pupil to hospital and remain with them until the parents can take over responsibility.
For a serious injury an accident report should be completed by the adult to which the accident was first reported. The front side of this form should be completed and this form should be left with the Health and Safety Coordinator. The latter person may, if needs be, investigate the accident and complete the form and act upon the findings therein.
For a serious injury, it is important that the parents are informed of its nature either by phone or by letter. There is a standard letter for any pupil who sustains a head injury, no matter how minor.