The Medical Centre
Shebbear College aims to promote the health and wellbeing of all pupils. It will make provision for first aid for all pupils, staff and visitors. We aim to treat everyone with compassion, courtesy and dignity.
Opening hours during term time:
Monday to Thursday: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Friday: 8.00am – 4.00pm
An on-call rota provides nursing advice outside these hours and at weekends for our boarders.
Please report to Reception in the first instance.
Medical Centre Staff
The Medical Centre is staffed by two dedicated nurses with a wide variety of experience. The lead School Nurse is Rebecca Odlin, supported by School Nurse, Caroline Reed. The nurses work closely with a multi-disciplinary team to deliver quality healthcare for every pupil.
Blake House Surgery in Black Torrington provides medical cover for Shebbear College with regular clinics in the Medical Centre on Tuesdays.
The Blake House GP team provide us with a school doctor and any additional cover required. It is always possible to request a male or female GP. Appointments are made by the nursing team.
Blake House Surgery is located in Black Torrington, Beaworthy, North Devon, EX21 5QE and can be contacted directly on 01409 231628 (www.blakehousesurgery.co.uk) although any enquiries about a pupil should be directed to the Medical Centre.
School Counsellors and Pupil Support
Shebbear College staff are Operation Encompass trained. Operation Encompass provides an efficient, confidential channel of communication between police forces and Key Adults within schools. We have dedicated and qualified counsellors at Shebbear College including qualified Mental Health First Aiders.
Healthcare Provision for Pupils
All pupils will be required to submit a Medical Information Form on acceptance of a place at school. This form also contains a parental consent for medical treatment which must be signed prior to admission. Boarders will be registered with the school doctor at Blake House Surgery. Parents will be contacted if further medical information is required. If any medical details change, please update the Medical Centre by visiting the Parents Portal or contacting the Medical Centre directly.
All pupils at Shebbear College can access care from the Medical Centre for any illness or injury that occurs during the school day. Parents will be notified when necessary. The weekday GP clinics are primarily for use by our full or weekly boarders registered with Blake House. In some circumstances, such as following a concussion, the school doctor may be involved in the follow-on care of day pupils although in other cases, parents should seek the advice of their own GP.
In addition to regular medical care, the Medical Centre will also organise flu, diabetic and asthma clinics. Sexual health advice is also available to all pupils. Please read the ‘Fraser Guidelines’ for information about medical advice and treatment for under 16’s without parental consent.
Unwell or injured pupils
All pupils taken unwell or injured at school will initially be cared for in the Medical Centre. Parents and guardians will be notified as soon as is possible and an appropriate plan of care arranged. Full and weekly boarders who require on-going care will be reviewed daily (Monday to Friday) by the school nurses and any tests, such as blood tests and GP appointments will be organised by the Medical Centre team.
Any pupil who has diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms should remain out of the school environment for 48 hours after the last episode. Further advice about exclusion from school due to illness can be found on the ‘Is Your Child Fit for School’ document.
Head Injuries / Concussions
Head injuries and concussion injuries are managed according to the latest advice and guidance from the RFU. Recovery from a head injury involves a period of rest followed by a graduated return to play (GRTP) which is supervised by the Medical Centre.
See the RFU return to play guidelines.
Online concussion awareness course for players.
Online concussion awareness course for teachers / parents / guardians.
There is a supply of over the counter medications available in the boarding houses for the control of minor ailments, such as headaches or hay fever etc. Pupils should speak with house staff who will then liaise with the Medical Centre, if needed. Please see the document ‘Guidelines for Control and Administration of Medications in School’ for further details.
All pupils will be offered immunisations (with the exception of travel-related) as per the current UK schedule. The Child Health Exeter Immunisation team schedule and deliver these immunisations within school.