School Nursing

Our school nursing teams work with children, families, school staff and other agencies to support the health and development of school-age children across Dorset.

Every school in Dorset has a named school nurse, who maintains regular contact with their school to promote healthy lifestyles and offer practical advice, information and support.

School nurses can provide:

  • health screening and assessments
  • healthy eating advice and weight management
  • immunisations
  • parenting advice
  • emotional support
  • bed-wetting clinics
  • signposting for specialist services, including CAMHS, audiology, speech and language therapy, and sexual health services
  • hearing tests.

School nurses also weigh and measure children in Reception and Year Six, as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. In addition, they can train school staff to deal with epilepsy and allergic reactions, and support with safeguarding/child protection issues.

If you need to see a school nurse, please speak to someone at your school. School nurses also run drop-in sessions, for both children (year 7 and above) and parents/carers. These sessions are advertised by schools, and are completely confidential. Children in year 7 and above can also connect with school nurses about health related matters via a confidential and anonymous text messaging service called ChatHealth at 07480 635511.

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Chat Health - Text your school nurse

The Trust has officially launched ChatHealth – a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (aged 11-19) in Dorset to send questions via SMS to their School Nursing Team. They will then receive a reply that includes signposting to additional services.

The ChatHealth service is available Monday to Friday between 8.30am-4.30pm. This includes school holidays but not bank holidays.

If a child or young person sends a text outside these hours they will receive an automated message with advice on where to get help if they require it urgently. The ChatHealth nurse will reply to the message when the service reopens.

Children and young people can text about a range of issues including:

  • Relationships
  • Weight
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drugs
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Self harm

The ChatHealth telephone number is: 07480 635511

If a child or young person sends a text message outside these hours, they will receive an automated message on where to get help if their question is urgent and the school nurse will reply to them when the service reopens.

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Contact our school nurses

Dorset

  • Blandford - 01258 452949
  • Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury, Gillingham - 01258 473887
  • Sherborne - 01305 361531
  • Weymouth and Portland - 01305 752395
  • Dorchester - 01305 255215
  • Bridport - 01305 428947
  • Christchurch/East Dorset - 01425 891162
  • Purbeck - 01929 556422

Poole

  • Parkstone Health Centre - 01202 711538
  • Upton Health Centre - 01202 624747
  • Canford Heath Clinic - 01202 691520

Bournemouth

  • Boscombe Clinic - 01202 443035
  • Moordown Clinic - 01202 518260
  • Pelhams Clinic - 01202 570821

Please note that during school hours the team are likely to be out and about in schools. If there is no one there to take your call, please leave a message and someone will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Scroll further down the page for additional contact details

Information for parents

Parents/carers will be notified of routine health checks and immunisations carried out in schools to obtain consent. The current programme includes the following:

  • Reception age: School entry health check with review of general health and hearing
  • Reception and Year 6: Growth measurement in line with the National Child Measurement Programme
  • Reception and Years 1, 2, 3 and 4: Flu vaccination
  • Year 8 girls: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination
  • Year 10: School leavers booster of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (TdIPV) and Meningococcal ACWY vaccination (MenACWY)

The school nursing team offers regular drop-in sessions in all schools with no appointment needed. You can ask your child's school for details of when the drop-in sessions are held or check our "what's happening this term" section below for details.

Young people and parents can self refer to the service at any time via the school, through the GP or by telephone.

The School Nursing service provides community based clinics for children experiencing problems with enuresis (night time wetting).

The team works closely with Community Paediatricians and jointly run hearing clinics with the doctors.

Self-Help, Self-Harm

Self-Awareness Campaign

As part of Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust’s School Nursing Self-Help Awareness Campaign, a number of useful documents have been produced such as:

What's happening this term?

Immunisation

The Immunisation Schedule for 2017/2018 is currently:

  • HPV 1st Dose September 2017 to October 2017 for Year 8 girls
  • HPV 2nd Dose March 2018 to April 2018 for Year 8 girls
  • Flu – September 2017 to December 2017 for Years: R, 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • School leavers booster of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (TdIPV) and Meningococcal ACWY immunisations (MenACWY)- January 2018 to March 2018 for Year 10 boys and girls.

ChatHealth

21st June 2017 – Launch of the ChatHealth School Nursing Text Service

ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (aged 11-19) in Dorset to send questions via SMS to their School Nursing Team. The child or young person then receives a reply that includes signposting to additional services. The ChatHealth Service will be available Monday to Friday 08:30 – 16:30.

This includes school holidays, but not Bank Holidays. If a child or young person texts outside of these hours they will receive an automated message with advice on where to get help if their question is urgent. The ChatHealth Nurse will reply to the message when ChatHealth re-opens.

Children and young people can text about a range of issues including:

  • Relationships
  • Weight
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drugs
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Self Harm

Locations

School Nursing (Bournemouth - Boscombe Clinic)

01202 443035
N/A
11 Shelley Road,
Boscombe,
BH1 4JQ

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

School Nursing (Bournemouth - Boscombe Clinic)

School Nursing (Bournemouth - Moordown Clinic)

01202 518260
N/A
844 Wimborne Road,
Moordown,
BH9 2DS

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No


School Nursing (Bournemouth - Pelhams Clinic)

01202 570821
N/A
Kinson Community Centre,
Millhams Road,
BH10 7LH

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WiFi: No

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

School Nursing (Poole - Canford Heath Health Clinic)

01202 691 520
N/A
Culliford Crescent,
Canford Health,
Poole,
BH17 9DW

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes


School Nursing (Poole - Parkstone Health Centre)

01202 711 538
N/A
Mansfield Road,
Parkstone,
BH14 0DJ

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WiFi: No

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

School Nursing (Purbeck - Wareham Health Centre)

01929 556422
N/A
Streche Road,
BH20 4PG

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

School Nursing (Ringwood - St Leonards Hospital)

01202 584200
N/A
St Leonards Hospital,
Ringwood Road,
St Leonards,
BH24 2RR

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: Twice a month on Thursdays, 9am-3pm, by appointment

School Nursing (Upton - Upton Health Centre, Adam Practice)

01202 624747
N/A
Blandford Road North,
Upton,
BH16 5PW

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No


School Nursing (Weymouth - Bridges Medical Practice)

N/A
N/A
26 Commercial Road,
DT4 7DW

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WiFi: No

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes


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