My name is Sarah Ross and I am the School Health Nurse (part-time) covering Heyford Park Free School (Secondary School).
Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse who is based in the school. The aim of the School Nurse is to offer evidence based preventative health care for children and young people. We strive to improve young people’s health and wellbeing and their life chances. I will work closely with teaching and wellbeing staff at Heyford Park Free School encouraging students to be both physically and emotionally healthy in order to make informed healthy lifestyle choices and reach their full potential.
We offer routine childhood vaccinations within the school’s programme which include:
- Year 8 girls– HPV cervical cancer
- Year 9 – Tetanus /diphtheria/ polio booster and meningitis ACWY.
- Someone to talk to confidentially to address issues concerning emotional, physical, sexual and social health and wellbeing.
- Health lifestyle choices (keeping safe, smoking cessation, substance misuse advice).
- Delivery of a healthy weight management program (Reach4Health).
- Support teachers with PSHE.
- Offer a confidential School Health Nurse drop-in.
- Provide contraception including Emergency Hormone Contraception, pregnancy testing and sexual health screening.
- Refer and signpost to specialist services for example GP’s, substance misuse service and Sexual Health Outreach Nurse.
If we cannot help, we will find someone who can.
How Can You Access the School Health Nurse?
- Young people can pop into the School Nurse office drop-ins at break or lunchtime (alone or with a friend).
- Speak to Learning and Welfare staff and ask them to contact us.
- Contact me at Heyford Park Free School on telephone number: 01869 232203 Ext 302.
The School Nursing service is confidential. This means we can discuss personal information with young people in confidence and will not discuss it with anyone else without their permission. However, we would pass on any information that we feel is needed to protect a young person or someone else from serious harm (safeguarding role of the School Health Nurse). Whenever possible this would be discussed with the young person first.
School Health Nursing Service:
The school nursing service is not an emergency service. If you or a friend are in need of immediate nursing or medical help, please contact a member of staff on site who will locate a member of staff trained in first aid. If you are off site in the case of an emergency, please call 999.
Emergency Hormone contraceptive:
If you are in need of emergency contraception outside of the School Health Nurses working hours, please attend your GP practice, local sexual health clinic or local pharmacy as soon as you can. Emergency contraception is most effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
If you need to contact the School Health Nursing team during the school holidays, you can call: Victoria House Surgery School Health Nursing Team on: 01869 604095.
Sarah Ross School Health Nurse is part-time over 3 days per week.
School Health Nurse telephone number at school: 01869 232203 Ext 302
School Health Nurse Team Base Tel No: 01869 604095
School Health Nurse Team Base: Victoria House Surgery, 119 Buckingham Road, Bicester, OX26 3EU.
School Health Nurse Website: www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk