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					FIRST AID POLICY
The School will take all necessary steps to comply with the Health & Safety Regulations 1982.

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Aim of First Aid

To provide care after an injury or accident until professional medical or nursing assistance is available. 2. Aim of the School’s Policy Statement on First Aid This document sets out the policy to be followed for the provision of First Aid within the Bedford School Estate (including the Gordon Field and Ickwell Bury) during term time and in the holidays. It also gives general guidance for the provision of first aid for pupils and staff on tours and visits away from School. 3. Role of First Aiders

The role of the first aider is to provide care after an accident or injury including preserving life, minimising further damage and making the patient as comfortable as possible until professional medical or nursing help is available. It is not to give treatment. 4. The Medical Centre The Medical Centre opening hours are 08.15 – 18.00 Monday – Friday, 08.15 – 17.00 Saturdays (Winter and Spring Terms) and 08.15 – 18.00 Saturdays (summer Term) when the school is in session. It is not open on Sundays or during the School holidays. 5. The Role of the Medical Centre

The Medical Centre provides medical cover for employees at the School, all pupils and visitors to the School during the School day, including contractors working on site. It is a manned dropin facility. The Nurse on duty is not expected to attend at other locations on the School estate to provide treatment except in an emergency. If the Nurse is alone in the Medical Centre she should use her discretion after assessing the conflicting need to man the Medical Centre, especially if there are patients in her care, and the nature of the emergency. The Medical Centre offers the following:  First Aid Treatment – all Nurses hold a First Aid at Work Certificate  Dispensing and treatment for minor medical problems and minor accidents  Health screening of pupils  On-going treatment for boys with chronic medical problems, but only under clear guidance from the boy’s GP or other member of the care team and the agreement of the School Medical Officer.  Follow up treatment as required  Referral of boys to the School Medical Officer, Counsellor or hospital as required.  Health promotion

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Maintenance of First Aid facilities throughout the School and arrangement of First Aid training for School staff. Implementation of vaccination programmes arranged by Child Health Department. Location of First Aiders

We encourage all our staff to attend a 4 hour First Aid Course, especially those who work in the following areas:         The Main School Building The Prep School The Science Building The Recreation Centre Design and Technology Department The Dining Halls and Kitchen Maintenance Workshops BSSC

One person in each of the above areas also holds a First Aid at Work Certificate. See attached schedule for details. Any staff involved in sports fixtures or training are encouraged to attend a 1 day Appointed Persons First Aid Course. 7. Gordon Field & Ickwell Bury

A member of staff with knowledge of emergency First Aid should be present at all times when these areas are being used. They should have a First Aid Bag/Kit and access to a mobile phone and car to enable them to access appropriate aid as required. 8. Action in the event of Injuries and Accidents

In the event of an accident the first member of staff trained in First Aid to reach the scene will, as far as he/she is able, assess the injuries sustained by the casualty. However, it is accepted that those with minor injuries may simply report direct to the Medical Centre.  Any casualty judged capable of moving by the First Aider should be accompanied to the Medical Centre to the Nurse on duty. In the case of a more serious injury the Nurse should be called to the casualty. (Please note this will only be possible if the Nurse has no patients in the Medical Centre).  In an extreme emergency an ambulance maybe called, followed by the Nurse. A person should be detailed to receive the ambulance at the nearest port of entry to the School and to direct the ambulance staff to the casualty.  Casualties with suspected fractures or back or neck injuries must not be moved unless the Nurse or ambulance personnel are present. For the patient’s safety and insurance reasons, they must NOT be moved on the instructions of ANY bystander. 9. Major Incidents

In the event of a major incident involving a number of casualties, the following action is to be taken by the senior person at the scene:

During School Hours:  Inform the School Nurse on Duty  Inform the Bell Room and state location and brief details of incident and number of casualties, the Bell Room will take the following actions: 1. Call Ambulance and Police via a 9-999 call 2. Contact and inform a member of the Senior Management Team Out of Working Hours:  Call for Ambulance and Police via 9-999 call  Inform a member of the Senior Management Team  Inform School Doctor 01234 351341 11. School Holidays

First Aid cover for employees who work in the School holidays will be provided by members of the Support Staff who have a First Aid at Work Certificate. The rota for this will be drawn up by the Senior School Nurse. She will advise the Bursar if cover cannot be provided for a particular period. 12. First Aid Training

It is the School’s policy to arrange for all teachers, and those working with children, to gain a basic HSE approved First Aid certificate. The School aims to offer all staff an opportunity to attend a one day Appointed Person First Aid course. Courses are arranged throughout the year. Provision has been made for three members of staff per year to be trained or retrained to Health & Safety Executive standards. This certificate is valid for three years. This should provide a bank of nine first aiders, not allowing for vacancies that may arise. These members of staff are carefully selected. They are usually non- teaching staff who can be contacted easily to go rapidly to the scene of an emergency without having to arrange cover. It is recognised that certain members of teaching staff will require First Aid Certificates to enable them to carry out specialist duties, such as Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions and School trips abroad. Courses can be arranged to suit their requirements. The Medical Centre will arrange re–training and re–qualification for each first aider during the third year. 13. First Aid Boxes

A schedule showing the locations of First Aid boxes is attached. The Medical Centre aims to check all boxes once a term. Any person who uses an item from a first aid box should inform the Medical Centre as soon as possible so that it can be replaced. A first aid box should be a strong container impervious to dust and damp. It should be clearly labelled First Aid by a white cross on a green background. The contents are as follows: a. a card with general first aid guidance

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a supply of individually wrapped plasters sterile eye pads with bandage triangular bandage safety pins a selection of sterile wound dressings in various sizes disposable gloves yellow clinical waste bag resuscitation face shield

No medication can be included in these boxes. 14. Transport

Transport is required and will be available when the Gordon Field and Ickwell are in use to enable casualties to be conveyed to the Medical Centre/hospital as appropriate. Transport to hospital from the School Campus, if not an ambulance emergency, is arranged through the Bell Room. 15. Tours and Visits away from the School Estate

Whenever possible, a trained first aider should be included on officially sponsored tours or visits. A first aid bag, available from the Medical Centre, should always be taken on such visits by the first aider or person in charge where there is no first aider. 17. DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION

This policy statement is to be displayed in all Common Rooms, the Medical Centre, Bursary, Bell Room and prominently on all notice boards in those departments listed in paragraph 6 above. A list of named first aiders and Medical Centre Numbers will also be displayed in these areas. Copies are also to be held by HOD and trained first aiders.

JS Moule Head Master

November 2008 Policy written April 2008 This policy will be reviewed annually.

Annex A to First Aid Policy Statement
LOCATION OF FIRST AID BOXES PREPARATORY SCHOOL ERSKINE MAY HALL NASH'S INKY WELLS FOYER LABORATORY COMMON ROOM PALMERS D&T TISDALLS MAIN SCHOOL BUILDING A FLOOR BELL ROOM COMMON ROOM B FLOOR ECONOMICS DEPT C FLOOR MODERN LANGUAGES D FLOOR GEOGRAPHY DEPT RECREATION CENTRE HEAD OF P.E. OFFICE SPORTS HALL CORRIDOR SWIMMING POOL THEATRE (3) DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (3) ART (2) POTTERY SCIENCE BUILDING S23 PHYSICS CHEMISTRY BIOLOGY CATERING DEPARTMENT (2) EFL RICE BUILDING MUSIC SCHOOL CCF OFFICE GREAT HALL WARDEN'S OFFICE BURSARY SHOOTING RANGE MAIN PAVILION GORDON FIELD COMPLEX (2) GROUNDS STAFF OFFICE ICKWELL STUDY CENTRE BEDFORD SCHOOL ENTERPRISES SCHOOL SHOP MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP (6) SCHOOL VEHICLES PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING MRS S DEE MISS P OAKLEY* MR C BLACKLOCK MRS S DEE MRS D GUNN MRS S DEE MISS J GOOCH MISS I BOWIS MRS S KEANE MEDICAL CENTRE MEDICAL CENTRE MEDICAL CENTRE MEDICAL CENTRE MEDICAL CENTRE MR G FLETCHER MR J ELWORTHY* MR J ELWORTHY* MR J PHARAOH* MR L HOLT MR R CAMPBELL* MR J S CHANCE MRS C FOAT MR I WARDLEY MISS S TETSOLA MRS L TAYLOR MRS N KILPIN* MRS F McEWAN-COX MR D ASHTON MR M GREEN MR R TEKELL-MELLOR* HEAD PORTER MRS R TFIFHA MR N MIGALLO MEDICAL CENTRE MEDICAL CENTRE MR M HALLSWORTH MRS F BELL MR A BATOR* MRS C COSENZA* MRS B RIGGETT MR G McWILLIAM* MR R JARVIS

ANY ITEMS USED FROM THESE BOXES SHOULD BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY FROM STOCKS HELD IN THE MEDICAL CENTRE THE MEDICAL CENTRE AIMS TO CHECK ALL BOXES ONCE A TERM * INDICATES FIRST AIDER - HSE APPROVED H&SfirstAidBoxesSept06 SEPTEMBER 2006

FIRST AID

The following members of staff hold HSE approved First Aid at Work Certificates and can be used in an emergency. Name Mr Brown Mr Campbell Mr Pharaoh Mr Elworthy Mr Bashford Mr Mellor Mrs Cosenza Miss Oakley Mrs Kilpin Mrs Pettit Mr Wood Mrs Horne Mrs S Leonard Location Maintenance Art Department Theatre Rec Centre Maintenance CCF Enterprises/ BSSC Prep School Catering Catering Deputy Head Porter Day Supervisor Rec Centre THE MEDICAL CENTRE IS OPEN
Mon-Fri 08.15 - 18.00 Term time only Sat 08.15 - 17.00 (Autumn & Spring Term) Sat 08.15 - 18.00 (Summer Term)

Telephone 2253 2221 2269 2268 / 2787 2253 2252 2319 / 2307 2271 2250 2250 07753779058 #138 /#139 2268

Telephone ext 2261 or 01234 362261 IN AN EMERGENCY CALL MOBILE 07850596803 (Speed Dial #999)
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If an ambulance is needed dial 9 - 999

September 2008


				
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