School Nursing

COVID-19 service update: running via telephone and video calls where possible , if advice or support is needed email with your child’s details and a contact number and you will be contacted by a member of the School Nursing Team – or 01929 557 558

Or follow these links –

If your child is unwell please see this poster for guidance or this webpage for advice on what to do and which service to use.

For COVID-19 health advice for families, please click here.

Our School Nursing team recognise that many families will be concerned about how to access health advice at this time.

We also appreciate that many parents may be feeling very anxious about the changes to our day to day lives. COVID-19 will be particularly difficult for those who already struggle with anxiety or depression.

Click here to view helpful advice and links.

School Nursing sits within the Children and Young People’s Public Health Service 0 to 19, alongside Health Visiting. School Nursing teams work with children, families, school staff and other agencies to support the health and well-being of school-age children across Dorset.

Every school in Dorset has a named school nurse, who maintains regular contact with their school to promote healthy lifestyles and offer practical advice, information and support.

School nurses can provide:

  • health screening and assessments
  • healthy eating, weight management and physical activity advice
  • parenting advice
  • emotional health & well-being support
  • bed-wetting (enuresis) clinics
  • hearing tests
  • parent/carer/school staff drop-in sessions (primary schools only)
  • 1:1 appointments with young people
  • referrals and/or signposting to other services
  • ChatHealth text messaging service
  • NCMP growth measurements in Yr R and Yr 6
  • training for school staff to deal with emergency epilepsy and allergic reactions
  • support around safeguarding/child protection issues.

If you need to see, or speak to a member of the School Nursing Team, please make contact either via the school or using the details below.


If you feel that we haven't given you the care you expected or needed, and you don't believe our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help, you can tell us about it by making a complaint. You normally have about a year to do this*. Making a complaint will not have any adverse effect on your current or future care and treatment.

Please follow this link for further information and the ways in which a complaint can be made

*Under the NHS Complaints Procedure, complaints are usually investigated only if they are made within 12 months of the event, although this time limit can be waived if there are good reasons for the delay.

School Nursing Service Leaflet

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Aged 11-19 and living in Dorset? Our school nurses are still here to help with all kinds of things in these unsettling times. Just text #ChatHealthNHS on 07480 635511 and we’ll reply back. T&Cs:

Click here for further information.

Health Uncovered Podcasts


What parents need to know about COVID and secondary schools - Q&A with Dr Sanjay Patel

(For more videos about this you can watch the entire playlist on YouTube).

Chat Health - Text your school nurse

The Trust has officially launched ChatHealth – a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (aged 11-19) in Dorset to send questions via SMS to their School Nursing Team. They will then receive a reply that includes signposting to additional services.

The ChatHealth service is available Monday to Friday between 8.30am-4.30pm. This includes school holidays but not bank holidays.

If a child or young person sends a text outside these hours they will receive an automated message with advice on where to get help if they require it urgently. The ChatHealth nurse will reply to the message when the service reopens.

Children and young people can text about a range of issues including:

  • relationships
  • weight
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • drugs
  • smoking
  • stress
  • alcohol
  • self harm
  • Sexual health.

The ChatHealth telephone number is: 07480 635511

-> Check our privacy and data policy

If you're looking for resources to display in your school, please feel free to download these Chat Health leaflets and posters:

Download the ChatHealth poster

Download School Nursing - ChatHealth Poster in PDF


Contact our school nurses

Click here to request support for a school-aged child/young person.

01929 557558

Please note that during school hours the team are likely to be out and about in schools. If there is no one there to take your call, please leave a message and someone will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Information for parents

Parents/carers will be notified of routine health checks carried out in school as appropriate – these include National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) growth checks and the School Entry Health Review in child’s first year of school – see School Nursing leaflet above for further information

The School Nursing team offers regular drop-in sessions in all primary schools with no appointment needed. You can ask your child’s school for details of when the drop-in sessions are held.

Young people and parents can self-refer to School Nursing at any time via school, GP or by telephone

School Nursing provides community based clinics for children experiencing problems with enuresis (night time wetting)

For queries in relation to immunisations, please click on the link below


Self-Awareness Campaign

As part of Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust’s School Nursing Self-Help Awareness Campaign, a number of useful documents have been produced such as:


Children's guide to Coronavirus

Emotional wellbeing

Websites and online resources


  • Overcoming your child's fears and worries by Dr Cathy Creswell & Lucy Willets

Keeping Safe

Websites and online resources

  • Coping with self-harm, a guide for parents - A guide for parents, carers, families and friends who have discovered a young person's self-harm. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person when facing this problem and what help is available.
  • Childline for support, info and advice (or you can call 0800 1111)
  • The Hide Out & Women’s aid - Understand domestic abuse, and where to get help if it's happening to you.
  • Safer Internet - Find e-safety tips, advice and resources and stay safe online
  • Barnardos, Real Love Rocks – If you feel vulnerable, are sexual exploited or if someone is hurting you at home, Barnardos can help you.
  • Underwear Rule by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - Easy rules to follow to stay safe. The website also provide advice and support on child abuse and neglect, keeping children safe, child protection and signs, symptoms and effects of abuse.
  • Dorset County Council via Dorset For You website - Information and guidance to help children, young people and their families, including information about schools and special educational needs.
  • Unicef - Unicef are are putting their years of experience working for children around the world into practice in the places that reach children day in, day out. They're working with the hospitals where they are born, the schools where they learn and grow and the services that shape their lives to make sure that every child has the same chance to shine.
  • Crimestoppers Child Sexual Exploitation Leaflet

Healthy Lifestyles

Websites and online resources

Learning and Achieving

Websites and online resources

The Stages of Growing Up

Websites and online resources

  • Moving on to secondary school

Is your child going to be in Year 7 and moving up to a new school? Here is a short video produced by the Dorset Mental Health Support Teams in Schools which may help if you are worried about their move.

  • Information and guidance to help children, young people and their families, including information about schools and special educational needs by:
  • Rise Above -Find interesting and useful stuff from the web and beyond, topics include bodyimage, exams and friendships. You’ll find inspiring and useful stories, videos,games and advice.
  • Living with asthma - Find support and ways to stay well when living with asthma.
  • - Find support and ways to stay well when living with epilepsy
  • -The only UK wide charity operating solely for people at risk from severeallergic reactions and anaphylaxis.

Pride 2020 support

Information posters


School Nursing (Bournemouth - Boscombe Clinic)

11 Shelley Road,

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

School Nursing (Bournemouth - Boscombe Clinic)

School Nursing (Bournemouth - Moordown Clinic)

844 Wimborne Road,

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WiFi: No

Parking: No

Disabled Access: No

School Nursing (Bournemouth - Pelhams Clinic)

Pelhams Clinic,
Millhams Road,
BH10 7LH

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WiFi: No

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

School Nursing (Bridport and Beaminster and Lyme - The Bridport Medical Centre)

The Bridport Medical Centr,
West Allington,

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School Nursing (Christchurch)

Flaghead Unit, Fairmile House,
Tasman Close,
Jumpers Road,
BH23 2JT

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Team is located in the Acorn building

WiFi: No

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: No

School Nursing (Dorchester - Frederick Treves MC)

Frederick Treves MC,
St John Way,

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School Nursing (East Dorset - The Centre, Ferndown)

The Centre,
Barns Road,
BH22 8XH

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WiFi –  Yes

Parking – Yes

Disabled Access – Yes

School Nursing (Poole - Canford Heath Health Clinic)

Culliford Crescent,
Canford Health,
BH17 9DW

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

School Nursing (Purbeck - Wareham Hospital)

Streche Road,
BH20 4PG

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

School Nursing (Weymouth and Portland - Bridges Medical Centre)

Bridges Medical Centre,
26 Commercial Road,

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WiFi: No

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Physical Health