Ampleforth College has an excellent Medical Centre, the College Infirmary, which is staffed 24 hours a day during term time.
We have a well-equipped Infirmary with two twin rooms, a single room, a 7 bay boy’s ward, a 7 bay girl’s ward, a consulting room, treatment room and a quiet/counselling room. During term time the Infirmary is staffed by trained nurses 24 hours 7 days a week. The school Doctor runs clinics from 12.30 – 2:00pm three days a week on an appointment basis; appointments can be made at the local surgery if required out of these times. There is a daily nurse clinic and we have an open door policy for all students. A student may attend for advice and management of illness or injury, for physiotherapy, counselling or health education. Routine and travel vaccinations are available via the Child Health and Immunisation team and at Ampleforth surgery.
On match days Infirmary nurses are based pitch side to offer medical support throughout the academic year.
All new students receive a medical within the first few weeks at the school. This serves as an opportunity for the students to get to know the Infirmary staff and familiarise themselves with the Infirmary and its whereabouts.
It is a brief medical overview - blood pressure, height and weight are measured as well as conducting a simple eye test. We discuss past medical issues and any pre-existing medical problems and any relevant family medical history.
NHS & Private
The school Doctors (General Practitioners) Dr Greg Black and Dr Kate Howlett both work at the local surgery in Ampleforth. It is recommended that pupils at boarding school are registered with the school Doctor.
Referrals may be on the NHS, however, some parents may prefer to have private cover and the option of either route is offered when referrals to specialists are necessary. We are well served by our local hospitals; York Hospital, The Friarage in Northallerton and James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Referrals can be made to specialists locally or if preferred, closer to the family home.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
We have access to Dr James Dickens, private Consultant Psychiatrist for child and adolescent mental health and Dr Fiona Lattimer, private Clinical Psychologist for adolescents. Our school counselor is Julian Allisstone. We also have access to NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).
As a rule the House Matrons do not have any medical qualifications. They can treat minor illnesses such as coughs, colds and bugs etc. They can give out paracetamol, ibuprofen, simple cough linctus and other over the counter remedies, under protocols from the school doctor, to treat minor ailments. Matrons take pupils to A&E and to hospital or dental appointments when necessary. It is obviously very important that Matrons and the rest of the medical staff at the school are aware of any drugs, medicines or treatments that you would rather your child did not receive and any regular medications that the Matron would have to give out on a daily basis. We keep all controlled medication in lockable boxes in house or in a locked cupboard in the Infirmary.
Any child over the age of 16 is able to give consent for their own treatment. Any child under the age of 16, if thought to be mature enough, is also able to give consent. The duty of confidentiality owed to a person under 16 is as great as that owed to any other person.
Consent is required for routine immunisations and travel vaccinations. In incredibly rare situations, the Matrons and House Parents can act in loco-parentis and therefore can give consent for emergency treatment and operations.
We take confidentiality seriously at the school and all medical matters are on a need to know basis, as in any health setting. The students are encouraged to discuss issues with their parents and matrons and House parents. The law on confidentiality and consent is clear. For the vast majority of medical matters, however, it is important that some information is shared, sprained or broken limbs for example would need to be shared with sports and teaching staff.
There are both NHS and private dental practices near Ampleforth who are able to provide emergency appointments.
A private physiotherapy clinic is available twice weekly. We also have access to NHS physiotherapy.
The Infirmary Staff:
The permanent staff are:
Trish Camden- Smith [Lead Nurse]
There is also a team of regular part time nurses with a wide range of knowledge and skills ranging from A&E to practice nursing.
College Infirmary Tel: 01439- 766760
Dr Greg Black, Dr Kate Howlett, Ampleforth Surgery, Ampleforth
Tel: 01439- 788215