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Medical Care

The Health Centre is open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 7pm during term time. At night and on Sundays there is a nurse On Call and available to give treatment and look after sick pupils if necessary.

The School Doctors are Dr Tim Howes and Dr Hilda Gormley who visit the school four times a week for routine surgeries to see pupils. They are also available to the medical and teaching staff for advice and support during the working day. Visits can also be made to the Doctors surgery at French Weir if required.

There are 6 qualified nurses, Mrs Emily Kane (Sister-in-charge) who works full time and, Mrs Bev Brand, Mrs Danni Ziabek, Mrs Henriette Hayden and Mrs Marina Hanham who all work part time. We also have a mental health nurse, Mrs Maria Symons who works part time. Mrs Marion Deitz is our medical assistant.

Mrs Maria Andrew is a Chartered Physiotherapist and treats pupils in the Health Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning liaising fully with doctors and nursing staff to provide a comprehensive service.

Frank Crawford and Jess Harrison are both qualified counsellors and see pupils as required. Pupils are referred via the doctors, nurses, teachers, parents or self referral.

The nurses have extensive and varied medical experience between them and the following is some of their responsibilities:

  • Caring for sick and injured pupils
  • Supporting children with chronic medical conditions
  • Health screening
  • Travel advice
  • Immunisation/vaccination programmes
  • Individual work with pupils on variety of health issues i.e. alcohol, drugs, smoking, eating, exercise, diet SRE and help with any concerns pupils might have
  • First aid training¬†
  • Accompanying pupils to appointments
  • Teaching PSHE in all parts of the school
  • Advice and support for parents and staff

Health promotion is also provided and the Health Centre plays an extensive role within school.

The Health Centre is an up to date facility ideally situated in the centre of the School. There is a lounge, two 5 bedded rooms, a small kitchen, treatment room and doctors consulting room, counselling room, physiotherapy treatment room (and extra beds if required) and a nurses duty room.

If you would like further information please contact:

Health Centre 01823 703161
Email emily.kane@tauntonschool.co.uk
or Dr T Howes French Weir Health Centre 01823 331381