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The Health Centre 

The health and care of your child while at The Oratory is very important to us all. 

Clare McSoley is our Nurse Practice Manager and is responsible for the smooth running of the school's Health Centre, which is permanently staffed during term time by qualified nurses. The nurses work 12 hour shifts so that there is a duty nurse present during the day as well as the Nurse Manager. At night there are 2 residential nurses. Nurses also provide sports pitch side support.

The Health Centre is contactable 24/7 during term time only:
Tel: 01491 683535. Mob: 07786 396124. (healthcentre@oratory.co.uk).

The Oratory School's Health Centre is equipped with:
  • Nurses room – area for assessment and treatment of illnesses/injuries
  • 1 x 4 bed bay – a room for any illness. It has a TV. There are also call bells to ring the nurses if required
  • Doctor’s/Physiotherapy Room
  • Practice Manager Office
  • Nurse’s overnight room
  • Toilet and shower facilities for pupils
  • Small kitchen to provide basic food such as toast, soup, fruit, biscuits 

The Oratory School Health Centre philosophy

Our priority is to provide a high standard of health care to all our patients, while maintaining a caring and safe environment for all. We have a team approach to patient care and endeavour to monitor the service provided to patients, to ensure that it meets current standards of excellence. 

Services offered

We provide 24/7 cover by trained nurses in the Medical Centre. Our nurses are always pleased to discuss any worries or concerns with pupils and parents. Nurses undergo regular updates and training to ensure care is evidence based and in accordance with current practice. We are there to support pupils with their physical and emotional well-being. We are able to provide homely remedies such as analgesia, antihistamines, cold medication etc. We are also trained in the use of Oxygen, Entonox, Salbutamol Nebulisers and Adrenaline which we have on site for medical emergencies.

If pupils need urgent or emergency treatment, they can obviously attend at any time. If they are physically unable to attend the Health Centre, then the nurse will attend to them onsite. Both Boarding and Day pupils are encouraged to attend the school Health Centre for routine health advice or treatment between the hours of 7.00am - 7.00pm. Ideally this is in their free time i.e., not during a lesson or school activity.

In an emergency a nurse will assess a pupil, contact parents and depending on whether they are day pupils or boarders we will refer them to the doctor on duty at the surgery. All boarders are expected to be registered with Woodcote Surgery.

Outside practice hours (after 7.00pm Monday to Friday and at weekends) the on-call nurse will contact Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust Out of Hours Service if she needs advice about a pupil. Injuries requiring further assessment or treatment are referred to a local Minor Injuries Unit or Accident and Emergency Department in Reading.

 Dr Ed Capo-Bianco holds a doctor’s surgery for boarders in the School Health Centre twice a week on Mondays and Fridays during Michaelmas term and once a week on a Monday during Lent and Trinity term.  If pupils need to attend a GP in holiday periods, they can attend any Woodcote Surgery GP as a ‘temporary patient’.

We ask the parents of all new pupils to The Oratory to fill out a detailed medical history form, including a vaccination history form and consent to medical treatment. This information enables our medical team to be aware of any health issues for the new arrivals as soon as they join us. All forms can be found on My School portal.

We also ask all parents to complete an Emergency Contact Form, where you nominate an alternative member of the family or guardian who can be contacted in an emergency if we are unable to contact you directly and immediately. Of course, we sincerely hope not to use this but it is far better to be prepared.

On entry to the school all pupils are offered a New Pupil Medical Check. This involves an individual baseline health assessment with a nurse, which enables the nurse to know what is normal for that particular pupil, alongside an informal chat about any health concerns they may have.

Boarding Pupils are referred to the School Medical Officer if there is a current or previous significant health condition or any concern of which the doctor should be aware.

There is a physiotherapist in attendance twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Our Physiotherapist is Amanda Watt with Physiobility. The Physio can be accessed following a GP referral via private insurance, or alternatively, it can be paid for separately.

The School counsellor is available to pupils free of charge.

Pupils' own medication

Under 16 years – pupils need to provide the Health Centre with any medication that they bring to school and this will be administered by the nurses.

Above 16 years - nurses will complete a medication assessment with the pupils and, if appropriate, the pupil can keep the medication in their rooms in a locked cupboard.

If a pupil is arriving from overseas with medication, please ensure that we are provided with a prescription and details of what these medications are, if they are not in English.

If a pupil is on a ‘controlled medication’ then regardless of age, the pupil will need to keep this in the controlled drugs cupboard in the Health Centre; nurses will administer this on a daily basis. It is also essential for any boarders to provide a prescription for this, in order for us to be allowed to administer it.

The Medical Team

  • Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, School Medical  Officer                                                                        
  • Clare McSoley, Practice Manager (Residential)
  • Sarah Atkins RGN                                          
  • Jayne Reynolds RGN (Residential)                                           
  • Samantha Eldin RGN
  • Mo Jackson RGN
  • Joy Rose, Administrator
  • Marguerite Gates, HSA

Tel: 01491 683535 / 07786 396124.