The Luccombe Hub recognises its voluntary duty to administer medication to learners when required and where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if it were not done.
For prescription medication, we encourage this to be administered at home wherever possible, for example if the requirement was for medication 3 times per day, this could be taken before start of the day, on returning home and at bed time. Please seek guidance from your child’s GP regarding dosage spacing.
The Luccombe Hub will encourage learners to ‘self-administer’. Each administration will be supervised and recorded by a member of staff. Only staff trained are allowed to supervise administration of medicines.
Medicines must be supplied with their original box and in all cases, it is necessary to check, name of child, name of medicine, dosage, written instructions provided by prescriber, expiry date. Only the correct daily dosage should be sent to the Centre and should be handed to a responsible adult e.g. Passenger Assistants.
Prescribed medication will be kept within the locked medicine cabinet in the welfare room and can only be accessed with a member of staff.
All emergency medicines (asthma inhalers, epi-pens etc.) should be with the learner. A second Epi-pen for each learner who requires one will be kept in the locked medicine cabinet within the welfare room, in a box clearly labelled with the child’s name.
Parent/Carer’s must complete the Medication Consent Form prior to administration of medication.
The Luccombe Hub, will avoid administering non-prescription medicine. However, we may do so, if requested by the parent, if it will facilitate the child attending and continuing their learning. This will usually be for a short period only, perhaps to finish a course of antibiotics, to apply a lotion or the administration of paracetamol for toothache or other pain. However, such medicines will only be administered, where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if it were not administered during the day.
Where non-prescription medication is to be administered, then the parent/carer must complete a Medication Consent Form and the same procedure will be followed as for prescription medication. The medicine must be provided in its original container, with name of learner and dosage information on it. The parent’s instructions will be checked against the dosage information, and this will not be exceeded.
No child under the age of 16 should be given aspirin-containing medicine, unless prescribed by a doctor.
We realise it isn’t always possible to arrange medical appointments for your child out of Centre hours.
If your young person needs to attend a hospital / dentist or other medical appointment please inform the office immediately ideally via email that can go in your child’s file and the attendance record updated accordingly.