Medical Care

Dauntsey's is lucky enough to have a superb Medical Centre on the Main School Site which is manned 24 hours a day by registered nurses. The Manor, (Junior Boarding House), has a smaller Sanatorium which is manned from 7am to 8.30am and 7.00pm to 9.00pm, again by registered nurses. The Medical Centre consists of 5 inpatient rooms which are all en-suite with TVs and DVDs, a waiting room, sisters' office, doctor's consulting room , treatment room (with double door ambulance access), cosy sitting room, large kitchen and counselling room.

All our pupils are provided with medical care, including administration of first aid, emergency care and supervision and administration of prescription medicines and over the counter medications which are dispensed in accordance with the School doctor's advice. Parents are asked to sign that they agree to this practice on entry of a child to the School. A physiotherapist also visits the School each week. This is done on a private basis and a fee, which can be reclaimed via private medical insurance, will be charged.

For boarders care includes medical, dental and optical appointments being arranged and transportation and escorts when necessary.

Day Pupils

Day pupils have access at all times during the School day to medical advice and first aid from a registered nurse. If day pupils are unwell they may rest in the Medical Centre before returning to lessons.

If it is necessary for the pupils to go home parents are contacted by the Medical Centre and the pupil cared for until they can be collected.

In the case of an accident or injury, (external sports fixtures included), that is deemed an emergency the pupil is escorted to hospital by a member of staff. The Medical Centre will contact parents for them to relieve the member of staff at the hospital as soon as they can

HPV Vaccinations are carried out for 2nd year girls by the Area Health Authority and consent forms are sent out during the preceding summer holidays

All other vaccinations for day pupils need to be arranged through the family doctor.


All boarders are required to register with the School doctors who attend the School twice a week for surgeries. Tuesday - Dr Charles Cowen 1600-1800. Thursday - Dr Nick Swale 1600-1800.

If the pupils require medical care outside these times appointments can be made at their surgery in Devizes. A female doctor is also available at the surgery if the girls wish to consult a female physician. Pupils can choose whether they are accompanied by a nurse during these consultations.

Inpatient care - Parents are informed of an overnight or prolonged stay in the Sanatorium. Nursing Staff will also inform the Boarding Houses of pupil admissions. Parents may, of course, take their children home to recuperate should they wish.

Travel vaccinations for boarders are organised by the Medical Centre. It is helpful if parents can give us as much notice as possible of an impending trip. Pupils who are going on a Gap Year or to Medical/Dental School may also need additional vaccinations. If this is the case, please inform the Medical Centre as early as possible as some of the vaccinations require a course of injections over a period of 6 months.

Routine Diphtheria /Tetanus/Polio vaccinations are organised for boarders. A consent form is sent to parents prior to vaccination.

Boarders with predisposing medical conditions e.g. diabetes, asthma or those who are immuno-suppressed will be offered the chance to receive the influenza vaccination. A consent form is sent to parents prior to any vaccination.

In the event of an accident/injury the medical staff always attempt to contact parents but in the case of an emergency a member of staff may need to act in loco-parentis and sign for any procedure deemed necessary by the attending physician. Parents agree to this when signing the School's medical entry form.

It is recommended that optical and dental care is carried out during the School holidays. However, if pupils are from overseas, the School has access to very limited number of NHS dental places.

All boarders who wear glasses/contact lenses need to keep a spare pair of glasses at school for emergencies

It is vital that the Medical Centre is informed of any accidents/illnesses/operations/ vaccinations that are carried out during the School holidays. Prescribed medicines should be bought to the Medical Centre on return to School to ensure that the Nursing Staff are kept up to date with treatment.

Overseas pupils must not bring their own medicines into school for their personal use unless prescribed by a Doctor. All medication must be handed over to the Medical Centre for safe keeping. Parents should be aware that some medication prescribed overseas is not licensed for use in the UK. In this case the School doctor will make an individual case assessment and offer UK licensed medicines where appropriate. It is very important that as much medical information as possible is available to the School doctor.

Communication between the Medical Centre, academic staff and House staff is vitally important but all medical information is held in confidence by the Nursing Staff and is not divulged without the permission of the pupil. Pupils are always encouraged to keep parents/guardians informed of medical issues or ask the duty Nursing Staff to do this on their behalf.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Medical Centre on 01380 814576 or via e-mail medicalcentre@dauntseys.org