School Health Services at DESS
School Health Team
Healthy children are successful learners. The school health team has a multi-faceted role within the school setting, one that supports the physical, mental, emotional and social health of students and the success of the learning process.
The nursing team consists of one full and two part time nurses . The medical room is staffed during school hours and for most after school activities.
The medical officer is a female GP with paediatric experience from Belhoul European Hospital and attends school two mornings per week.
If you have any concerns about the health and wellbeing of your child please feel free to come and speak with us.
First Aid, Accidents and Emergencies
Prompt treatment will be offered to children with injuries or other medical conditions requiring attention.
In the event of a serious emergency, every effort will be made to contact you and an ambulance will be called to take your child to Rashid Hospital.
Important information and consent
When your child starts school at DESS you will be given school health forms for completion. It is essential that these are returned promptly.
It is of up most importance that the school is made aware of any medical conditions that your child may have as this may effect treatment in case of emergency.
Medicines for ongoing medical conditions such as asthma or allergy maybe kept in the medical room. Care plans for treatment and administration of medicines should be completed.
If your child has pain or fever we can give Calpol providing you have signed the consent on the school health form.
Students are not permitted to carry medicines with them under any circumstances. If your child needs medication at school, please bring it to the medical room and complete a medicine administration form.
For the comfort and safety of your child whilst on school trips please consider the following;
- Does your child suffer from travel sickness?
- Will your child require any medication whilst on the school trip?
- Has your child been given any specific medical advice to follow in an emergency?
- Is there any other medical information we should be aware of?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please speak to the class teacher or contact the school nurse for advice.
On residential trips the teacher can administer medication for minor illness or injuries providing you have signed the consent on the school health form.
Medical examination of Students
According to the Department of Health guidelines, children require a medical examination at key stages in their lives. This is a basic, non-invasive procedure.
At DESS this service is offered on admission to the school, in reception and in year four.
If you prefer to have your child examined by your own family GP, you may do so at your convenience.
Prevent and Control the Prevalence of infectious/communicable diseases in the school
Every effort should be made to ensure that your child’s immunisations are up to date prior to starting at DESS.
The Department of School Health requires that you submit a copy of your child’s immunisation record which will be checked against the UAE immunisation schedule and you will be advised of out standing vaccines. Please note that recommendations for immunisations vary from outside the UK.
We do not offer immunisations at DESS and we advise that you consult with your family doctor to arrange for your child to receive the necessary vaccinations.
If your child is unwell, it is important that they stay at home to rest and recover. Please assist us in preventing the spread of infection and disease by keeping your child at home during the communicable period of any disease or illness.
Please do not send any child to school with a high temperature (above 37.5 ۫ C) or with symptoms such as diarrhoea or vomiting (must be asymptomatic for 24 hours).
A series of fact sheets on childhood illness and conditions are available containing advice and practical information.
Please click on link below to access fact sheets.
The school nurses play an active role in health educational activities within the school. Topics covered are age appropriate and include hand washing, healthy eating, sun care, safety of medicines and puberty.
One of the reputable dental practices in Dubai has a mobile unit which visits the school once a year. They provide an excellent oral health educational package and each child is given a goodie bag.
The Department of School Health requires that all children have their Body Mass Index (BMI) recorded annually. At DESS this is usually performed from January onwards.
To download any of the following forms just click on the appropriate text.