Each Home oversees the health needs of our children and ensures regular health, dentist and optician appointments.  All staff are have received training and are able to deal with minor injuries and ailments, and attend medical appointments with the children.  Health requirements are monitored by the Home to ensure that regular childhood health reviews and immunisations are kept up to date, and where appropriate LAC medicals. A Registered Nurse  provides advice for the teams on minor or common childhood ailments and co-ordinates training.  They also work alongside our School and Care teams to provide Relationships, Sex and Health Education at an appropriate developmental level.

Our children’s health is very important to us.  All of the children are registered with our local GP, Dentist and Optician.  We make sure our children all attend their regular appointments and have regular health checks. Children’s health records are maintained and shared with parents, carers and other relevant professionals at review meetings.  Parents or those with parental responsibility are informed of any accident or illness requiring GP or hospital treatment immediately.

We use some non-prescribed medication for minor scratches or illnesses, and obtain consent for this before a child is placed with us.  All prescribed medication is monitored and logged and every staff member receives training in the administration of medication to the children.

Independent Visitor We provide our children with 24 hour access to an independent person who will listen to any concern and can be a point of assistance outside of Appletree Treatment Centre.

The children can talk to the independent visitor on the telephone, see them on one of their regular monthly visits or go out for a walk and a chat.  The independent visitor spends quality time with the children sharing interests, skills and hobbies with them. Spending meaningful time together and exploring new interests helps the children develop a long-term friendship with another trusted adult.