School nurses (sometimes known as public health school nurses) promote and protect the physical health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people who are school age.
We work in partnership with other agencies to ensure children and young people grow up to be healthy, make the right choices about their health and to safeguard their welfare so they are protected from significant harm.
You can expect support and information on:
- Healthy eating
- Emotional health issues such as anxiety, stress or depression
- Behavioural problems
- Child growth and development
- Continence (bed wetting)
- Sexual health
- Parenting support
- Smoking and substance misuse
Every local authority school or academy has their own school nurse. Many of the high schools also have a drop-in school nurse service.
However you don’t have to wait until your school nurse is in your school to see them. We can visit you at home or invite you to see us at another location to suit you.
We are based around Northumberland and provide appointments between 8.30am – 6pm in schools, GP surgeries and health centres.
COVID-19 Update (9 April 2020)
The 0-19 team (health visiting and school nursing) would like to reassure you that you and your children’s safety is our priority, whilst we ensure all of our clients continue to receive support.
We have a service called Chat Health which lets you text your school nurse, in confidence, for advice and support. The service deals with all kinds of issues including, mental health, bullying, self-harm, alcohol and drugs, relationships, healthy eating and smoking.
If you live in Northumberland text 07507 332 258
When you talk to your school nurse you talk ‘in confidence’ which this means the school nurse will not talk about what you have said to other people or to your school. However, if the school nurse is concerned about your safety, for example, if you say something that makes your school nurse think that you or someone else is in danger, the school nurse will have to tell somebody else. The school nurse will talk to you if they need to do this.
Preparing for adulthood
If a young person between 14 to 18 years has complex and on-going physical health needs, we will work with you, your family, and services involved in your care such as doctors, specialist nurses to consider what support you might need in adulthood. This information is documented in your health transition summary care plan and a hospital passport which includes key information about your care. Young people who are 14 and over with a learning disability are entitled to a free yearly health check with your GP. We will write to you when you are due a health check.
You can contact the school nurse service in Northumberland through your school. Additionally you can contact your nearest school nurse team direct to make an appointment at the following numbers:
- Child health centre, Wansbeck Hospital, Ashington – 01670 564048
- Eddie Ferguson House, Blyth – 01670 629670
- Corbridge Health Centre, Hexham – 01434 636939
- Prudhoe Health Centre, Prudhoe – 01661 832512
- Tweedmouth clinic, Berwick – 01289 356962
- Broomhill Health Centre, Amble- 01670 761908
- Morpeth NHS Centre – 01670 500939
You may be asked to leave a message on an answer machine.
Special school nursing
Our special school nurses are health professionals with additional training to provide specialist nursing and public health advice in specific schools. This includes delivering education to children with disabilities and complex physical and/or emotional health needs.
We can provide information, support and advice for children and young people with emotional health needs, their parents and carers, and schools. We can help with a variety of issues including:
- health assessments and care plans
- training for school staff on specific health conditions and medications in school
- support with weight concerns
- healthy relationships
- the promotion of healthy lifestyles with groups and individuals
Nurses can discuss issues with you on the telephone, see you in school or visit you at home. If you need an appointment please call the nurse to arrange this. Nurses are available term time during school hours, though some after school appointments may also be available.
Students also have identified times at lunchtime drop in sessions when they can speak to the nurses or via their classroom teacher and support assistants.
School nurse contacts
- Team Lead, Elaine Davies – 0191 6432591
- Beacon Hill School, Southlands School, Silverdale School, Silverdale Primary ARP – 0191 6433005/6433010
- Woodlawn School and Sixth Form, Beacon Hill Sixth Form, Melrose Centre & Benton Dene School – 0191 6432597
- Hexham Priory School – 01434 613440
- Barndale School – 01665 602541
- The Centre, Josephine Butler Campus – 01670 844322
- The Grove School, Berwick Upon Tweed – 01289 306390
Sexual health service- our Trust offer free and confidential sexual health information and advice for anyone aged 13 and over
Immunisation service– our Trust specialist nurses deliver the national immunisation programme in schools in Northumberland
Young Minds – information on child and adolescent mental health services for parents and professionals
Frank – confidential advice and information on drugs
Kids Health – information on staying healthy, specific information for teenagers, young children and parents
Embarrassing problems – advice on problems that you might find difficult to talk about