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School nursing

School nurses are registered nurses who have completed additional specialist training in school nursing.

Our School Nursing teams are made up of school nurses, registered nurses, nursery nurses and clinical health assistants. 

The School Nursing team works across Surrey to promote physical health and emotional wellbeing in schools and in the community. This includes issues such as sexual health, illnesses, healthy eating, exam stress and bullying. 

Watch our video with school nurse Charlene to find out how school nurses support young people.

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  • Being available to young people, parents, carers and teaching staff to address any concerns about a child’s health

  • Providing health advice to help children and young people make the most of their education

  • Completing health reviews with children starting primary and secondary school

  • Holding health drop-ins in secondary schools offering young people an opportunity to discuss health issues confidentially

  • Supporting young people who have specific medical needs and providing relevant training for staff to help manage these needs

  • Delivering classroom-based health education

  • Supporting immunisation programmes in school

  • Leading community clinics to help children with night-time wetting

  • Working with school-aged children in the community who have been excluded or where families have chosen to educate at home.

Across Surrey, we offer a text support service callChat Health 2.JPGed Chat Health, a confidential school nurse messaging service for young people aged 11-19. Young people can contact their school nurse in confidence by texting 07507 329 951.

Visit the Chat Health webpage to find out more. 

 

Surrey students aged 11 to 14 can visit the Safe Space Health website. The website provides physical, emotional and wellbeing health information in an accessible, fun and interactive way. Watch the video about Safe Space HealthSafe Space health film.png

Our school nurses work in partnership with parents and schools to provide PSHE (personal, social and health education) to primary and secondary school children.

In primary school, we cover topics such as personal hygiene, what to expect in puberty and healthy eating.

In secondary school, we cover topics such as positive relationships, sexual health, emotional resilience and promoting healthly lifestyle choices. 

This school-based programme is part of the National Curriculum.

Our school nursing team provides health reviews in primary school for your child (in state schools) as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.

Our school nursing teams across Surrey promote physical health and emotional wellbeing in schools and in the community. This includes issues such as sexual health, illnesses, healthy eating, exam stress and bullying.

School nurses: 

  • provide health advice to help young people make the most of their education

  • hold health drop-ins offering young people an opportunity to discuss health issues confidentially

  • deliver classroom-based health education

  • support immunisation programmes in school

We offer a text service called ChatHealth, a confidential school nurse messaging service for students at school. 

Some school nurses offer drop-in sessions for young people to talk about anything that may be worrying them.

All of the issues discussed are confidential unless a child's safety, or that of others, is at risk. Our school nurses will always encourage young people to discuss issues with their parents or guardians.

We also offer a health and wellbeing website www.safespacehealth.uk for Surrey students aged 11 to 14. Please visit the section above to find out more. 

Be Your Best is a free service for families with children aged 0-12 who are above the healthy weight range.

 

North East

South East

South West

North West

Parents and carers can also contact the School Nursing team through our Surrey-wide 0-19 Advice Line.

The School Nursing team can give advice and information about a range of issues including early toileting, sleep, behaviour, healthy diet, dental care, school readiness, heights and weights, mental health, eating disorders, minor illnesses, internet safety and more. They can also help with referrals to other services.

Woking

Parents/carers of children aged 5 to 16 years who go to school in Woking are invited to meet the School Nursing team at a local drop-in. This child health drop-in takes place at Eastwood Leisure Centre,  Albert Drive, Sheerwater, Woking GU21 5RF on the first Wednesday of each month between 9.30am and 11.30am (including school holidays). No appointment is necessary and a soft play area is available for any younger children. Free parking is available at the venue. 

Surrey Heath

Parents/carers of children aged 5 to 16 years who go to school in Surrey Heath are invited to meet the School Nursing team at a local drop-in. This child health drop-in takes place at Old Dean Family Centre, Kingston Road, Camberley GU15 4AF every other Tuesday between 9.15am and 11.00am. No appointment is necessary. Free parking is available at the venue.

Runnymede

Parents/carers of children aged 5 to 16 years who go to school in Runnymede are invited to meet the School Nursing team at a local drop-in. This child health drop-in takes place at 121-125 Church Road, Addlestone KT15 1SH on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month (from 8 January onwards) between 9.30am and 11.15am. No appointment is necessary.