Ms. Bodutch, the Head of Student Health and Senior School nurse, is available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, from Monday to Friday in the Nurse's Office should you become ill or injured while at St. George's School. If you feel unwell or require medical attention while at the School we encourage you to visit the Nurse's Office. Your parent will be contacted if you require care beyond what the nurses can provide. The nurses will refer to the medical information provided by your parents. Please contact the nurse if you develop any new health concerns or injuries that may affect your ability to fully participate in school and games activities during the school year.
Issues and concerns can be reported by calling 604-221-3696
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about immunizations may be directed to Pacific Spirit Community Health/Vancouver Coastal Health at 604-261-6366
The Student Health Department wishes you a safe and healthy academic year at St. George's School.
Student-athletes may suffer concussions during the school year either in school or outside of school in sports and activities. Please report all concussions to Student Health Services and your sons Head of Grade. Students observed to have potentially suffered a concussion or reported symptoms suggestive of a concussion will be referred for a medical exam. When necessary the nursing staff, athletic coaches or trainers will contact the parent(s) to make the referral or report the injury. If you are concerned your son may have suffered a concussion please have him assessed by a doctor and inform Student Health.
All students diagnosed with a concussion will be considered off-games until cleared by the family or emergency physician. While your son recovers, symptoms can interfere with school performance and limit participation in activities. Your sons Head of Grade will be notified of these limitations and your son will be supported as needed. All students wanting to return to games will need to present a doctor’s note to Student Health clearing them for play. Students must also complete the “Return to Play” guidelines described by the BC Brain Injury Association and ThinkFirst! Students that continue to report or are observed to have ongoing concussion symptoms will be referred back to the doctor. Student Health services will work to support your son through his recovery while at school. Please refer to the suggested guidelines at www.thinkfirst.ca
for the GF Strong Rehab and School Programs. Return to Play Guidelines following a concussion
Dealing with the common cold
One of the most common reasons for visiting the Student Health Centre is because of symptoms related to the common cold. Prevention is still #1 when it comes to colds so here are a few simple reminders to ensure you and your family the best of health during cold season:
- Frequent hand washing is definitely the most effective way of preventing the spread of disease. Washing hands under warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds (one verse of 'Happy Birthday to You') is proper handwashing. A brief tinkling of the fingertips under the tap is not effective handwashing.
- Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Believe it or not, some people do not do this.
- Follow the A, B, Cs of good health – good nutrition, a good night's sleep and regular exercise.
- For those who do come down with a cold, it is best to treat the symptoms. It can be confusing trying to sort through the potpourri of over the counter medication so here is a simple guide to understanding cold medications:
- Decongestants relieve nasal congestion.
- Antihistamines relieve a runny nose and watery eyes associated with allergies.
- Expectorants relieve mucousy coughs.
- Cough Suppressants relieve dry, hacking coughs.
- Antipyretics reduce fever.
- Analgesics relieve minor aches, pains, and headaches.
- Antiseptics relieve sore throats.
In most cases, cold symptoms should resolve in a week or less. If symptoms persist for more than a week it is advisable to consult your family physician.
Senior School students only are encouraged to tuck a cold kit in their knapsack or locker to treat cold symptoms while at school. This kit can include the following:
- Over the counter cold medication (e.g. Advil Cold and Sinus Medication or Tylenol Cold – Daytime Relief)
- Sore Throat Lozenges
- Cough Drops/Lozenges
- Facial Tissues
School immunization clinics are organized through the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Consent forms are sent home for parental/guardian signature prior to the clinic. On clinic day a team of community health nurses from the Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre come into the school to immunize students.
Immunizations are offered to the following grades:
- Grade 6 - Hepatitis B; Meningococcal C Conjugate
- Grade 9 - Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus booster; Meningococcal C Conjugate
- Grade 12 - Meningococcal C Conjugate immunization
Student Immunization Records
These are available from:
The Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre
2112 West 43rd Ave., Vancouver
Contact: Mr. Shayne Reilly R.N., Community Health Nurse
604-261-6366 ext 3337
Travel Immunization Information
This is available from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Travel Clinic. The clinic is staffed by doctors and nurses specializing in travel medicine. Travel clinic services include immunization, malaria counselling, travel vaccinations and prescriptions.