HEALTH CENTRE – TE WHARE WAIROA

Mā roto hoki kia ora, kia pai hoki te kōrero.
Good health promotes constructive thoughts and discussion

Philosophy

We believe that all students at MAGS have the right to reach his or her full potential.
We will help them to do this by supporting them and their family to achieve optimum health and wellbeing.

Introduction

Monica Haworth and Clare Brown are Mount Albert Grammar School’s nurses. Both are Registered Nurses who work in accordance with the New Zealand Nursing Council Code of Conduct, to offer a youth-friendly confidential service.

The student health centre is open from 7.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday during term time. The recommended appointment duration is 15 minutes, though can be shorter or longer depending on the case.

The Health Centre is part of the Student Centre, located in the Maurice Hall Building with access from the atrium.

Students

Students are welcome to drop into the Health Centre before school, after school and during break times.

If they need to see us during school lessons they will require a permission slip from their teacher.

Students are followed up during class-time and will be called to come to clinic if need be.

Review of dressings is done during their own time, ie, before or after school, at interval or lunchtime.

Parents/Caregivers

We welcome contact from parents and caregivers if they have concerns regarding their child, such as:

  • Long term health or medical needs
  • Referrals from outside agencies for dressings
  • Obesity
  • Eating difficulties
  • Poor growth
  • Night time bed wetting
  • Puberty/sexual health
  • Vision or hearing concerns

If  students have any long term medical needs or condition, we would appreciate receiving relevant information that you may have from the doctor, hospital or clinic that he or she attends so that so that we may assist in supporting him or her during their years at MAGS.

Medication

To assist with the administration of medication if necessary while at school, we require parents or caregivers to give written permission, any relevant doctor’s letters and the correctly labelled and prescribed medication. This will be kept in a locked cupboard.

Services provided by the Health Centre include:

  • First aid for injuries – abrasions, lacerations, burns, concussion, limb injuries
  • Dressings
  • Screening for medical conditions, eg, sore throat, cough, cold etc
  • Management and education of menstruation concerns
  • Health Education and advice, including to teachers of the Health curriculum
  • Referrals to specialist services for conditions such as concussion, asthma, diabetes
  • Health promotion
  • Health assessments
  • Referral to school-based physiotherapist
  • Referral to student’s GP

Agency liaison

As health professionals we work closely with other professionals within the school environment and with outside agencies:

  • Guidance Counsellors, Deans, Teachers
  • RTLB
  • Paediatric Home Care Nurses
  • Accident and Medical Clinics, GP clinics
  • ACC
  • Asthma specialist nurses
  • Hospital clinics
  • Ear nurses
  • Dental services
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Family Doctors
  • CYFS
  • Diabetic Clinic
  • Epilepsy specialists
  • Mental Health Services

Monica Haworth
mhaworth@mags.school.nz
Ph 09 846 2044, ext 8108

Clare Brown
cbrown@mags.school.nz
Ph 09 846 2044, ext 8108