School health service
Who are we?
We are a specialist team of nurses who work with children, young people and families to support school aged children throughout Medway to grow and develop into healthy adults.
Our service consists of two locality teams; Chatham, Rochester and Strood School Nursing Team and Rainham and Gillingham School Nursing Team. Each team is made up of school nurses, school health advisors, school staff nurses, school health support workers and administrative support. School nurses are registered nurses with additional specialist training in public health.
What do we do?
We offer health assessments and health screening for children at school entry, provide individual support for children and young people and work with families to meet identified needs. We can provide advice, guidance and support for a range of issues such as behaviour, healthy lifestyles, growing up, puberty, sexual health, toileting and emotional wellbeing.
We also support schools to meet the health needs of children and young people and work with schools to provide age appropriate health education including relationship and sex education.
We deliver the school based immunisation programme offering community clinic’s for those children educated at home or who are absent on the day.
Who do we work with?
We work closely with health visitors, community paediatricians, children’s community learning disabilities team, looked after children’s team and the children’s community outreach team. We work in partnership with other schools, Medway public health services, early help and social services.
Who can access our service?
All children and young people of school age living in Medway can use our service regardless of where they receive their education.
Rainham and Gillingham school nurses can be contacted by telephoning 01634 337660 or emailing met-tr.RGSCHOOLS@nhs.net