The Nursing Sisters of Heathfield’s Surgery are on hand to deal with the twisted ankles, the winter flu, and the inevitable sprained fingers from netball, but they are also there as a listening ear providing pastoral support to girls in every year group. They maintain a direct line of communication with parents and guardians regarding their children’s health and wellbeing, whether this is in regards to the injuries acquired skiing over half term, or the colds caught in school. The Heathfield School Surgery is a fully equipped infirmary open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to provide overall medical care for both students and staff.
In addition to the waiting room and consultation room, the surgery also has a dedicated physiotherapy room, wet room, a single isolation room complete with en-suite and two twin bedded rooms for when girls are sick and need a little extra TLC.
The Surgery is located on the ground floor of Wyatt House and is run by four Nursing Sisters – Sister Terri, Sister Paula and our part time nurses Sister Leanne and Sister Balbir. The Nursing Sisters are fully trained to deal with injuries and illness, and hold daily surgeries for medical consultations before school, during lunch, and in the evening. They also hold various specialist qualifications in areas such as asthma and diabetes, and are experienced in providing advisory services in travel and vaccinations.
Dr Leach, the school GP, visits the premises twice a week. A counsellor is on hand, and routinely comes to school twice a week but is also available to visit at other times when required. A physiotherapist also visits the school twice a week in order to provide long term care for injuries. In addition to the in-house services provided, the school utilises local orthodontists, dentists, clinics and hospitals.