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Your School Health Team consists of;

Leanda Ponsonby – School Nurse (RGN, RSCN, SCPHN)

We have qualified and highly trained Staff Nurses and Community Support Workers who support the School Health Team.

We can be contacted on 01695 684187, or via email

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Address: Birleywood Health Centre, Digmoor, Skelmersdale WN8 9BW

The School Nursing Team visit school to:

Undertake sight tests to children in Reception who have not had a pre-school vision assessment.

Complete Height and Weight measurements for children in Reception and Y6.

We can work with families to help support a variety of health related matters.

We can offer targeted care packages to support you and your child during their school years.

An audiometrician also visits school to undertake hearing examinations / assessments in Y1.

You can self-refer to our service or ask school to support you with this.

Letters informing you of our visits are always sent home prior to our work in schools.

Did you know that children perform better and have better concentration if they have a healthy diet and drink plenty of water? Children should be encouraged to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Breakfast is a particularly important meal as it boosts the metabolism and sets you up for the day ahead. Please ensure that your child eats breakfast before school.

A Healthy diet also helps to ensure good oral health. All children should be registered with and have regular appointments with a dentist. If you are having trouble finding an NHS dentist please call 01772 420150. This service will help to find an NHS dentist.

Children and young people are entitled to free optical appointments and free glasses. Children as well as adults should ensure that they look after their optical health and get their eyes checked regularly.

Immunisations aim to protect children and the community against the spread of infection and disease. Please ensure your child is up to date with their immunisations.

If you require any services from the school Health team please contact the team on the above number.