Taking care of our students' health
We care for students with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, as well as many other physical disabilities.
Whatever their condition, our priority is to enable our students to lead as full and fulfilling a life as possible. Providing excellent medical care is an integral part of this.
In providing that care, we are able to draw upon the dedication and expertise of a team of over 30 healthcare professionals, including therapists and nurses.
Healthcare around the clock
The Health Centre is part of the Clinical Services Directorate and is run by a team of nurses and managed by the Nurse Manager. It is a 24-hour facility comprising 8 beds that supports students while they recuperate from illness or surgery under the care of the nursing team with a minimum of disruption to their studies. As well as caring for students who are unwell, our nursing team carry out routine screening and immunisation programmes.
Dr. Raffi Assadourian and Dr. Jessica Pizzotti from Odiham Health Centre run onsite surgeries on each weekday morning except Wednesdays for those registered with their surgery. They are available outside of these times to offer support where necessary, as is the out of hours service provided by Hants Doc.
Parental involvement is encouraged and the nursing team can be contacted at any time.
As well as our own medical team, our students have regular access to visiting consultants and specialists, including:
- Regular visits from paediatricians, orthopaedic and maxillo-facial specialists
- On-site auditory, orthopaedic and podiatrist clinics
- Optician and dental hygienist visits by arrangement
Going to Hospital
If hospital care is necessary, students are either referred to their own home hospital or to nearby North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke, where many of our visiting consultants are based. The School or college Medical Officer liaises with hospital doctors to ensure a continuity of care.
''The children are encouraged and supported to take personal responsibility for elements of their care, for example in administering their own medications". OFSTED report, March 2018