Administration of Medication


O’Connell C.B.S. Primary.

Administration of medication policy. .

Introductory Statement.

This policy was formulated in collaboration with parents, teachers, and members of the Board of Management of O’Connell’s C.B.S. Primary.


To provide guidelines regarding the administration of medication in O’Connell C.B.S. Primary.

To clarify areas of responsibility and outline situations where it is not appropriate for staff members to administer medication to pupils and to indicate the limitations of any

requirements which may be made of school staff.

School Ethos.

O’Connell C.B.S. Primary seeks at all times to safeguard the health and safety of all its pupils both when they are authorised to be on the school premises and when they are engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere.

However no staff member will be obliged to either administer or to supervise pupils taking medication.

Medication in this policy refers to medicines, tablets, creams and sprays administered by mouth or on non-private body parts only.

Management and Organisation.

O’Connell C.B.S. Primary recognises the need for children with long term health problems, such as asthma, , epilepsy, diabetes and anaphylaxis to be accommodated within the school in order that they can continue their education. This will only be done, however, under proper and clearly understood arrangements for the administration of medicines. These arrangements will include measures such as self-administration (where necessary and only after approval from a GP), or administration of medication under parental supervision.

  • Parents/Guardians are requested to notify the school, in writing, of any medical condition suffered by their child.

  • Where children are suffering from life threatening conditions, parents/guardians should outline clearly in writing, what can and can’t be donein a particular emergency situation, with particular reference to what may be a risk to the child.

  • Non-prescriptive medicines will neither be stored nor administered to pupils in school.

  • Certain medicines such as inhalers used by asthmatic pupils ,will be readily accessible at all times during the school day.

  • The medication will not be kept by the pupil. It will be stored in a safe place in the Secretary’s Office

  • Medication will be administered from the Sec./Prin. Office in the presence of two authorised adults.

· Prescribed medicines will not be administered in school without the written consent of parents/guardians and the specific authorisation of the Board of Management.

  • Where permission has been given by the Board the smallest possible dose should be brought to school , preferably by the parent/guardian, with clear written instructions for administration, giving the name of the pupil.

  • Staff members will not administer medication without the specific authorisation of the Board of Management.

  • No staff member can be required to administer medication to a pupil.

  • The medication will be self-administered if possible, under the supervision of an authorised adult.

  • A written record of the date and time of administration will be kept.

Role of Parents/Guardians.

  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of the pupil concerned will consult with the principal and /or class teacher .Having been made aware of the school’s policy they may complete the Administration of Medication Request and Indemnity Form.

  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are responsible for ensuring that the medication is delivered to the school and handed over to a responsible adult and for ensuring that an adequate supply is available.

  • Changes in prescribed medication or dosage should be notified immediately to the school with instructions on storage and administration.

  • Where pupils are suffering from life threatening conditions, parents/guardians should outline clearly in writing, what should and what should not be done in a particular emergency situation, with particular reference to what may be a risk to the pupil.

  • Parents/Guardians are required to provide a phone number where they may be contacted in the event of an emergency.

Role of Board of Management.

  • The Board , having considered the application, including if necessary, getting appropriate medical advice, may authorise staff member(s) to administer medication to a pupil or to monitor the self-administration by a pupil.

  • The Board will ensure that the authorised members are instructed in how to administer the medication.

  • The Board will require an indemnity from parents/guardians in respect of any liability regarding the administration of prescribed medicine in school.

  • The Board will notify the school’s insurer’s.

  • Requests for administration of medication will be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

Role of Staff Members.

  • Any staff member who is willing to administer medication will do so under strictly controlled guidelines in the belief that the administration is safe.

  • In administering medication, staff members will exercise the standard of a reasonable and prudent parent/guardian.

  • In emergency situations, staff should do no more than is obviously necessary and appropriate to relieve extreme distress or prevent further and otherwise irreparable harm. Qualified medical treatment should be secured in emergencies at the earliest opportunity.

· Parents/Guardians should be contacted should any questions or emergencies arise.

It is the responsibility of the Board of Management and the principal to implement this policy with the support and cooperation of staff and parents.

These procedures will be evaluated at the end of the first year of implementation and reviewed regularly afterwards.

Any amendments/changes necessary will be done.

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________