School Nursing

COVID-19 service update: running via telephone and video calls where possible. Face-to-face support is available for families with new babies and vulnerable families.

For COVID-19 health advice for families, please click here.

Our School Nursing team recognise that many families will be concerned about how to access health advice at this time.

We also appreciate that many parents may be feeling very anxious about the changes to our day to day lives. COVID-19 will be particularly difficult for those who already struggle with anxiety or depression.

Click here to view helpful advice and links.


School Nursing sits within the Children and Young People’s Public Health Service 0 to 19, alongside Health Visiting. School Nursing teams work with children, families, school staff and other agencies to support the health and well-being 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, weight management and physical activity advice
  • immunisations
  • parenting advice
  • emotional health & well-being support
  • bed-wetting (enuresis) clinics
  • hearing tests
  • parent/carer/school staff drop-in sessions (primary schools only)
  • 1:1 appointments with young people
  • referrals and/or signposting to other services
  • ChatHealth text messaging service
  • NCMP growth measurements in Yr R and Yr 6
  • training for school staff to deal with emergency epilepsy and allergic reactions
  • support around safeguarding / child protection issues.

If you need to see, or speak to a member of the School Nursing Team, please make contact either via the school or using the details below.

Complaints

If you feel that we haven't given you the care you expected or needed, and you don't believe our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help, you can tell us about it by making a complaint. You normally have about a year to do this*. Making a complaint will not have any adverse effect on your current or future care and treatment.

Please follow this link for further information and the ways in which a complaint can be made

*Under the NHS Complaints Procedure, complaints are usually investigated only if they are made within 12 months of the event, although this time limit can be waived if there are good reasons for the delay.

School Nursing Service Leaflet

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Aged 11-19 and living in Dorset? Our school nurses are still here to help with all kinds of things in these unsettling times. Just text #ChatHealthNHS on 07480 635511 and we’ll reply back. T&Cs: bit.ly/ChatHealthPrivacy

Click here for further information.

If you are concerned you may have contracted the coronavirus, click here to find out what you should do.


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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
  • Sexual health.

The ChatHealth telephone number is: 07480 635511

-> Check our privacy and data policy

If you're looking for resources to display in your school, please feel free to download this ChatHealth leaflet, the two posters below or this information for staff.

Download the ChatHealth poster

Download School Nursing - ChatHealth Poster in PDF


Contact our school nurses

Click here to request support for a school-aged child/young person.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

  • Boscombe Clinic (Bournemouth) - 01202 443035
  • Moordown Clinic (Bournemouth) - 01202 518260
  • Pelhams Clinic (Bournemouth) - 01202 570821
  • Christchurch - 01425 891157
  • Canford Heath Clinic (Poole) - 01202 691520

Dorset

  • Blandford, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Sturminster Newton - 01425 891153
  • Weymouth and Portland - 01305 752395
  • Dorchester - 01305 752395
  • Bridport and Lyme Regis - 01305 752395
  • East Dorset - 01425 891153
  • Purbeck - 01425 891153

    • 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 carried out in school as appropriate – these include National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) growth checks and the School Entry Health Review in child’s first year of school – see School Nursing leaflet above for further information

The School Nursing team offers regular drop-in sessions in all primary schools with no appointment needed. You can ask your child’s school for details of when the drop-in sessions are held.

Young people and parents can self-refer to School Nursing at any time via school, GP or by telephone

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

For queries in relation to immunisations, please click on the link below https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/schoolageimms

Self-Help

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:

Resources

Children's guide to Coronavirus

  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Keeping Safe
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Learning and Achieving
  • The Stages of Growing Up
  • Additional Needs
  • Family Information Service
  • Family Information Directory (FID)

  • Emotional wellbeing

    Websites and online resources

    Books

    • Overcoming your child's fears and worries by Dr Cathy Creswell & Lucy Willets

    Keeping Safe

    Websites and online resources

    • Coping with self-harm, a guide for parents - A guide for parents, carers, families and friends who have discovered a young person's self-harm. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person when facing this problem and what help is available.
    • Childline for support, info and advice (or you can call 0800 1111)
    • The Hide Out & Women’s aid - Understand domestic abuse, and where to get help if it's happening to you.
    • Safer Internet - Find e-safety tips, advice and resources and stay safe online
    • Barnardos, Real Love Rocks – If you feel vulnerable, are sexual exploited or if someone is hurting you at home, Barnardos can help you.
    • Underwear Rule by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - Easy rules to follow to stay safe. The website also provide advice and support on child abuse and neglect, keeping children safe, child protection and signs, symptoms and effects of abuse.
    • Dorset County Council via Dorset For You website - Information and guidance to help children, young people and their families, including information about schools and special educational needs.
    • Unicef - Unicef are are putting their years of experience working for children around the world into practice in the places that reach children day in, day out. They're working with the hospitals where they are born, the schools where they learn and grow and the services that shape their lives to make sure that every child has the same chance to shine.
    • Crimestoppers Child Sexual Exploitation Leaflet

    Healthy Lifestyles

    Websites and online resources


    Learning and Achieving

    Websites and online resources


    The Stages of Growing Up

    Websites and online resources

    • Information and guidance to help children, young people and their families, including information about schools and special educational needs by:
    • Rise Above -Find interesting and useful stuff from the web and beyond, topics include bodyimage, exams and friendships. You’ll find inspiring and useful stories, videos,games and advice.
    • Living with asthma - Find support and ways to stay well when living with asthma.
    • YoungEpilepsy.org.uk - Find support and ways to stay well when living with epilepsy
    • Anaphylaxis.org.uk -The only UK wide charity operating solely for people at risk from severeallergic reactions and anaphylaxis.

    Pride 2020 support

      Information posters

      Locations

      School Nursing (Bournemouth - Boscombe Clinic)

      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)

      844 Wimborne Road,
      Moordown,
      BH9 2DS

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      WiFi: No

      Parking: No

      Disabled Access: No


      School Nursing (Bournemouth - Pelhams Clinic)

      Pelhams Clinic,
      Millhams Road,
      Bournemouth,
      BH10 7LH

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      WiFi: No

      Parking: Yes

      Disabled Access: Yes

      School Nursing (Bridport and Beaminster and Lyme - The Bridport Medical Centre)

      The Bridport Medical Centr,
      West Allington,
      Bridport,
      Dorset,
      DT6 5BN

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      School Nursing (Christchurch)

      Flaghead Unit, Fairmile House,
      Tasman Close,
      Jumpers Road,
      BH23 2JT

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      Team is located in the Acorn building

      WiFi: No

      Parking: Yes

      Disabled Access: No

      School Nursing (Dorchester - Children’s Centre)

      Frederick Treves MC,
      St John Way,
      Dorchester,
      Dorset,
      DT1 2FD

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      School Nursing (Poole - Canford Heath Health Clinic)

      Culliford Crescent,
      Canford Health,
      Poole,
      BH17 9DW

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      WiFi: Yes

      Parking: Yes

      Disabled Access: Yes


      School Nursing (Purbeck - Wareham Hospital)

      Streche Road,
      BH20 4PG

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      WiFi: Yes

      Parking: Yes

      Disabled Access: Yes

      School Nursing (Weymouth and Portland - Bridges Medical Centre)

      Bridges Medical Centre,
      26 Commercial Road,
      Weymouth,
      Dorset,
      DT4 7DW

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      WiFi: No

      Parking: Yes

      Disabled Access: Yes