School Nursing Service (Southend-on-Sea)
School nursing services are offered to schools within Southend and in an expanding number of Children’s Centres. School Nurses are the lead public health professional for school aged children, taking over from the Health Visitor on the child’s fifth birthday. School Nurses work in partnership with families and other professionals to promote the health of all children and to support children with health needs in the school environment. This includes care planning with schools and parent’s to ensure the needs of children with diagnosed conditions are met. Care packages and services are also offered for other health needs such as weight management, bed wetting, hearing and vision assessments, and emotional well-being.
For more information and advice around Common Childhood Illnesses and Wellbeing, click the link - 5 - 11 years Child Health - Southend
Every year, throughout England, more than a million children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). The School Nursing Team will measure your child’s height and weight at school. Information about your child’s weight helps to build a national and local picture on how children are growing. The more children that take part, the clearer that picture will be. This is a government led programme and the data collected is non-identifiable. It is used to help plan and provide better health and leisure services for the children in your area. Please click on the link for more information: National Child Measurement Programme
For young people, School Nurses are a source of advice and support for a range of health issues by offering a drop in service in schools. School nurses work in partnership with other health professionals to achieve positive outcomes for children, young people and their families. Young people living in Southend can also access ChatHealth, which is a secure and confidential text messaging service for young people aged between 11 – 19 years. It allows young people living in Southend to easily and anonymously get in touch with a School Nurse for advice and support. 11-19 year olds can text 07520 649895 for advice regarding mental health, sexual health, bullying, drugs, alcohol, self-harm, relationships and smoking as well as any other health issue.
You said: we did - During this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to extend our ChatHealth offer to parents and carers of children aged 5–19 in Southend. Parents and carers can now text a school nurse on 07507 331884. We can offer advice and support with all kinds of health issues like; growth and development, emotional wellbeing, growing up, sleep, immunisation advice, toileting and healthy lifestyles as well as much more. Text us 09.30–16.30 Monday to Friday (excluding Bank holidays.) Please see the poster for more information.
Following advice from Public Health England and the Department of Health, face to face School nursing clinics and appointments may need to be cancelled due to Coronavirus – we will be in contact if this affects you. The safety of children, young people and their families is important to us and therefore we have taken this necessary action to minimise risk. If you would like to speak to a member of the School Nursing team for further advice or support in relation to Coronavirus or any other health issue, please do not hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, useful information can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
To support Children's understanding of the coronavirus, please click on the link to download a free, clear and helpful resource for children by the Children's Commissioner - A Children's Guide to Coronavirus
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Who to contact
School Nursing, Department of Public Health
- When is it on
- Working Hours - Monday - Friday from 9am until 5pm. Not open on Public holidays
- Time of day
- Session Information
Community Clinic's run during the school holidays by appointment only. Please call the School Nurse Team on 01702 534843 to book an appointment
- Referral Details
A referral can be made via a School Nurse referral form which is available in schools, alternatively we accept telephone referrals. Referrals can be made by professionals and parents. All secondary schools have been offered a drop in service where young people can easily and directly access their school nurse. The team can be contacted on 01702 534843. School Nurses may also visit families at home if required.
- Other notes
PLEASE NOTE: school nurses no longer offer immunisations for school-age children; there is now a separate team providing this service and they are based at Valkyrie Road Primary Care Centre. Please contact the Immunisation Team on 01702 220181.
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- Last user update: 16 Aug 2021
- Last admin update: 18 Aug 2021
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