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School Nursing service Portsmouth

General Information

Our aim is to support every child’s health throughout their time at school and college. We work with children, young people, families and other organisations. Our priority is to support the health and wellbeing of children in  Portsmouth by promoting good health.

We offer support and advice to you and your child when they start school, in reception, until they leave full time education. We will also provide
services to children and young people who do not attend school or college but live in Portsmouth.

We work with your child, your family and other health professionals to make sure your child reaches his/her full potential.

You and your child may see:

  • School nurses – registered, qualified nurses who have been specially trained in public health. There is a named school nurse for every school in Portsmouth.
  • School health nurses - registered nurses with a special interest in the health and well being of school aged children and young people. They provide the service in primary schools.
  • School nurse support workers - a healthcare professional who is trained to provide the service under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Contact Information

Brunel Wing
Civic Offices, 2nd Floor
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
PO1 2BG

Phone:
023 92684545

Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Who do we work with?

We offer support and advice to you and your child when they start school, in reception, until they leave full time education. We will also provide
services to children and young people who do not attend school or college but live in Portsmouth.

We provide:

  • the National Child Measurement Programme including your child’s school entry review and year 6 growth monitoring
  • support and advice for healthy weight
  • support for growth and development issues
  • help if you are worried about your child’s health
  • individual care plans for children with health concerns requiring support in school
  • support for children with complex health needs
  • enuresis (bedwetting) advice
  • child protection, working with young people, parents and other agencies
  • health promotion, education and training
  • parenting advice
  • healthy sleep routine information and advice
  • emotional wellbeing support and help
  • parent and young person drop-ins
  • immunisations, including the HPV vaccination for year 8 girls
  • young person’s sexual health and contraceptive advice
  • young person’s alcohol advice and support
  • young person support to stop smoking.

How do I get referred?

Every school has a named school nurse.

If you have any concerns about your child’s health or wellbeing you can:

  • contact us by phone
  • speak to your child’s school or college
  • come along and see us at one of our drop-in sessions – ask at your child’s school or college for details
  • request that we come and see you
  • talk to another health professional who will put you in contact with us
  • contact your GP.