Maintaining the health and well-being of our students and staff is extremely important to us.
An established part of the fabric of the school, The Lodge meets the needs of students and staff who require medical attention, health education or simply a quiet place to rest when respite is required.
Historically known as The Lodge, the Health Centre is led by Nurse Manager Alice Ovenden, with the support of nursing staff; Rosa Di Lorenzo, Melanie Carter and health care assistant Kerry Harrer, School Counsellor Jane Harris and the School Doctor, Francis Eyre.
There is an open door welcome at the Health Centre. When students are free of school commitments, the nurses may be visited to discuss health matters or any concerns and appropriate help will be given. Confidentiality is assured where health matters are concerned.
The remit of the team is very wide, from the pastoral care and personal welfare of students, to watching over their physical health and fitness. The nursing team also contribute to the delivery of the school's personal, social and health education (PSHE) programme to students in Lower, Middle and Upper Schoolrooms and Lower Seniors.
If a student is unwell at school, they will be taken to the Health Centre. As a result boarding students may be admitted as they would not be expected to stay in the boarding house. If a day student is too unwell to return to class, it is likely that nursing staff will contact home. Students are asked not to telephone you directly so if they do please remind them that they must report to the Health Centre where staff will assess the situation and contact home if they feel it is necessary.
During term time the Health Centre offers extended weekday opening hours 08:00 to 21:00. On a Saturday it is open from 08:00 to 16:00.
GP surgery sessions are held in school on Tuesday and Friday mornings for students registered with the school doctor. Dr Eyre is a local NHS GP and a partner of York Medical Group. Boarding students may wish to see the school doctor on a personal basis and this can be arranged through the Health Centre or by contacting the Doctor’s surgery direct. The nearest YMG site is Monkgate Surgery, which is a short 5 to 10 minute walk away from the school. It is not necessary to inform any other staff member about such a request. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities and all new students are seen in the first weeks of the Autumn Term, when a routine health screening programme is undertaken.
All students have guaranteed access to a trained counsellor should the need arise.
For a copy of the School’s Medical Guidelines please click here.
• Health Care Plan (Please download and complete this form using Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or above) • GP Opt Out Form - Full and Weekly Boarders– only complete for those that DO NOT wish to have a Summary Care Record (essential information available for Emergency Departments/Out-of-Hours Doctors)
Medical and Dental Appointments
If at all possible we ask you to arrange medical and dental appointments outside of school hours but we understand that this is sometimes unavoidable. If you have to make an appointment during the school day you should notify the School in advance, via email, and make sure your son or daughter signs back in at Reception on their return to school.