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- Aug 7, 2001
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Feel free to move to another thread, Mods, but I couldn't find a similar one:
School refuses to put plaster on girl's finger .. as they'd be flouting first aid guidelines
By Richard Smith
A MUM was forced to go into school to put a plaster on her daughter's finger - because teachers were banned from treating the small cut.
Julie Scott got a call saying nine-year-old Emily's nail was bleeding.
Not wanting to breach strict council guidelines preventing some minor first aid, teachers refused to touch the wound.
But Julie, 38, yesterday fumed: "I couldn't believe it. It's absolutely beyond belief that the school couldn't stick a plaster on."
Dad Kevan, 39, added: "It's ludicrous. Emily had been biting her nail and caught it on the leg of her school trousers.
"The nail started to bleed but it was only a small cut - you couldn't make it any less of an emergency.
"But if teachers are standing in for parents while our children are at school they should be able to put on something as basic as a plaster.
"I'm not criticising the school - which is brilliant - but the guidelines imposed from above are just plain crazy."
Emily cut her finger during lunchtime at Uphill Primary School in Weston-super- Mare, Somerset.
The family, who live in the seaside town, said they have now been told the youngster will have to put on her own plaster - rather than have a teacher do it - if she gets hurt again. Julie has since given Emily a pack of plasters to keep at school.
Kevan said: "Emily just had a little cut where the fingernail meets the skin.
"Would she have been taken to hospital if nobody had been at home when the school called? Where do we draw the line?
"Do we now ban stairs because children could fall down them?
"This is another example of the nanny state gone mad.
"It's the kind of rule that was probably drawn up by committee because no sensible individual could come up with it on their own. Councils are probably worried that if a child has an allergic reaction to a plaster they'll be sued."
Uphill headteacher David Edwards said: "We're following strict guidelines from North Somerset Council and our school policies that we cannot administer plasters.
"We are only allowed to treat something with water and paper towels. We always try to take a common-sense approach."
North Somerset Council said: "We provide broad guidelines for first aid in schools and there is no mention of using plasters.
"Each child joining a school has to produce a medical declaration which includes allergies and therefore it is down to the school to use its judgment about whether it is appropriate to use plasters or not.
"This case highlights the fact that we perhaps need to re-issue guidelines to schools and clarify the whole issue."