General practitioner (GP) provision
Treloar’s offer a GP service to all registered students (however, non-registered students will always be seen for emergency care). While the choice of GP is entirely the student and family’s decision, registering with our GP offers many benefits, and we encourage all families to consider this.
The GP clinics run four mornings per week in term time. If the student registers with our GP, they will be invited to a new student assessment which parents are welcome to attend. If the student attends alone, their age, mental capacity and consent will determine if this is then discussed with their parents. The GPs are sent all medical information from specialists and the previous GP, and they will provide all the usual GP care. In term time, they can see the GP while minimising loss of time in school/college. The parent handbook provides more detail of this service.
Staying with the ‘home’ GP
If the student chooses not to register, the GPs still require accurate and up to date medical information, so we ask families to provide a ‘medical summary printout’ from their GP, each term.
Our GP will write up the student’s medicines for our residential and educational staff to give. We rely on the student or family to tell us when medicines have changed, but this needs to be supported with clear written confirmation from the prescriber. The right-hand side of the repeat prescription at the beginning of term is needed, and other changes will require a letter from the home GP or specialist. We need this information in order to provide safe care and are unable to give any medicine without this.
If registered with the students home GP, the family provide the medicines, and the residential staff will let you know when stock runs low or is close to reaching the expiry date. The parent handbook provides more detail.
We offer the support of a range of specialists who visit, including opticians, dentists and spinal consultants.
Confidentiality of Medical Information
We will ask for student and/or parental consent to share medical information, and consider this a very important part of us providing safe care.
Consent to Treatment
Students over the age of 16 years have a legal right to receive confidential medical treatment, if they are deemed to have mental capacity. They may also refuse the sharing of any information with parents or carers. This would also apply to those students under the age of 16 if the doctor feels they are competent to make such a decision. Whilst every effort is made to obtain consent, there may be emergency situations where a decision will be made by a doctor in the students ‘best interests’.