School Health Service

Forth Valley NHS Board has a statutory obligation to provide a health service for all school-age children in Stirling Council area. The aim of the service is to make sure that all children are in the best possible health to benefit from their education and to provide the Education Authority with advice about the spread of infections and the promotion of good health. Staff from NHS Forth Valley provide this service.

Parents will have completed a health questionnaire when their child entered primary school. Further health questionnaires will be issued in fourth year of secondary school and where requested, a one to one appointment with the named nurse. All children may be seen at other times to have their height, weight and vision checked. In high school young people are offered various immunisations and written consent is obtained. If you have any concerns with your child’s health, which may affect their education, then an appointment can be arranged with your named nurse again by contacting the department at the telephone number below. School staff with parental permission can request an appointment with the named nurse at any time. Hearing is no longer being tested in school and teachers and parents are encouraged to report any concern about hearing. The named nurse will also offer health promotion sessions within the school setting at agreed times with the school. If you wish further details about the content of these sessions then this is available by either speaking to the school or contacting the telephone number below.

The school doctor (Community Paediatrician) sees children with Special Needs or with any significant ongoing medical or developmental conditions affecting their education. School staff and parents can request a consultation with the school doctor at any time.
The School Health Service can be contacted at:-

Area Community Child Health Department
Stirling Royal Infirmary
Telephone: Stirling (01786) 434059
Fax no. (01786) 434479

Infectious Diseases:
Colds, flu and gastro-enteritis are the most common infections affecting children of school age. It is important that you keep your child off school in the early stages of flu and while they still have diarrhoea. It is also important that your child understands how to prevent picking up and spreading such infections.

You will be able to get further advice about good health from staff in your Health Centre or GP Practice.

For advice about early detection and treatment for other infectious diseases e.g. chickenpox and mumps please consult your GP or Health Visitor.

Head Lice:
Head lice are spread through head to head contact. Regular combing using a head lice detection comb is the best way to catch this possible problem at an early stage.

The only way to be sure that your child has head lice is to find a live louse. If you find live lice, get the correct lotion from your doctor, health visitor or pharmacist. Shampoos and other treatments are not effective.

One treatment is two applications of treatment lotion seven days apart.

If this is not followed correctly then re-infection is likely.

Advise all family members and close friends of your child to check and treat only if live lice are found. Don’t be shy about advising others of this possible problem as you would tell family and friends about other infections which might affect them.

Regular combing of your child’s with the head lice detector comb is the best protection as it allows you to detect and then treat speedily.

Further advice can be obtained from the Health Board head lice leaflet which is available in all schools and health centres.

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