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Medical rooms

Discussion in 'Independent' started by 03KILNERS, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. 03KILNERS

    03KILNERS New commenter

    Really quick question if anybody can help. We are setting up a small independent school and are short on space. Does a room have to be a full time medical room or can it have other uses... Such as school office?

    Thanks for your help
  2. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    So sick children have to listen to the phone ringing, etc? It could a small room within a room, which might work.

    (As a parent, I would prefer a dedicated room, though)
  3. asnac

    asnac Established commenter

    From the Government guidance on first-aid in schools:

    The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1996 require every school to have a suitable room that can be used for medical or dental treatment when required, and for the care of pupils during school hours. The area, which must contain a washbasin and be reasonably near to a WC, need not be used solely for medical purposes, but it should be appropriate for that purpose and readily available for use when needed.
  4. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    The law for independent schools is in Part 5 of the Schedule of The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 here

    It is:

    24.—(1) The standard in this paragraph is met if the proprietor ensures that suitable accommodation is provided in order to cater for the medical and therapy needs of pupils, including—

    (a) accommodation for the medical examination and treatment of pupils;

    (b) accommodation for the short term care of sick and injured pupils, which includes a washing facility and is near to a toilet facility; and

    (c) where a school caters for pupils with complex needs, additional medical accommodation which caters for those needs.
    (2) The accommodation provided under sub-paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) may be used for other purposes (apart from teaching) provided it is always readily available to be used for the purposes set out in sub-paragraphs (1)(a) and (b).

    (3) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(c), a pupil has “complex needs” if the pupil has profound and multiple learning difficulties in addition to other significant difficulties, such as a physical disability or sensory impairment, which require provision which is additional to or different from that generally required by children of the same age in schools other than special schools or by children with special requirements.
    So yes you can use the medical room for other purposes provided it is always readily available to be used as a medical room. It can't be used as a teaching room.

    Current DFE guidance (March 2015) is here, pages 7 and 8.

    Last edited: Jan 20, 2018
  5. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    Small day schools I've seen often have a room next to the secretarial/admin area which might also serve as a waiting room for visitors.
    Bigger schools I've seen, day and boarding, have specialist rooms; qualified nursing staff are common in bigger day schools, let alone boarding.
  6. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    I’ve seen a variety of provision from a dedicated house at a boarding school with rooms for any ill children, a room for the visiting doctor and rooms for the nurse on duty, to a bed and wash basin in the corner of the secretary’s office at a small day school.

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