School Nurse

During the Covid19 outbreak and in the event of school closures, families can still contact the school nursing team for advice and support during school hours:

Contact details:

Email address Telephone Number Working days
Claire Warland claire.warland@nhs.net 07971 246634 Tue and Wed
Zoë Young zoe.young10@nhs.net 07855143814 Mon, Tue, Thur and Fri

During school holidays, the Community Children’s Nursing Team can be contacted by telephoning the SPA (Single Point of Access) on 03000 245 321 and asking for the duty children’s nurse.

Zoë Young – School Nurse

Claire Warland – School Nurse

Amanda Pyne – School Nursing Assistant

Hello, we are Zoë Young and Claire Warland. We are Registered Children’s Nurses, employed by Children and Family Health Devon to provide nursing care to children with complex health needs in school.

The main purpose of our role is to enable pupils to attend school and get the most out of their education, by keeping them safe at school and promoting their health needs.

We aim to provide specialist nursing support, advice and interventions working alongside school staff and many other professionals in the integrated children’s service. We liaise with community staff in Torbay and Plymouth and Exeter.

We will discuss your child’s medical needs and work in partnership with you/the school and other professionals to provide a comprehensive plan of care.

With the help of our nursing assistant Amanda Pyne (school employee) we will, teach the school staff about any medications required, daily nursing care and advice on any emergency medications that may be required.

We provide training for school staff on areas such as:

  • Medication administration
  • Epilepsy / emergency medication
  • Asthma/ inhaler administration
  • Gastrostomy feeding
  • Education on specific medical conditions and any other area of medical need.

We work with other outside agencies to ensure that your child will receive the best care possible.

With your permission, we will contact specialist Nurses if required for support in the care of your child with your permission.

We will ask for your consent before discussing your child’s needs.

We are members of the Children and Family Health Devon Special School Nurses group and as such we have on-going education and sharing of experience and networking for the benefit of our pupils.

Several health clinics are held in school on a regular basis. We host these, but they are organised by the relevant Professionals/Hospital departments.

  • Torbay Paediatrician - Dr Dibble
  • Torbay Dietician - Kirstie Ludford
  • Torbay Orthoptist - Jane Wood
  • North Devon Continence Service - Hayley Short

We work closely with these staff and aim to improve the communication between families and professionals for the benefit of the pupils.
Plymouth Paediatricians do not provide a service to school. We also unfortunately do not have a Dental service. We can refer your child to either Torbay or Plymouth Special needs dental service if requested.

Useful Telephone Contacts
Torbay Hospital switch board: 01803 614 567
Dr Dibble’s secretary: 01803 655 826
Torbay Dietician: 01803 654 380
Torbay Audiology: 01803 655 125
Torbay Orthoptist: 01803 655 337
Continence service: 01392 208 044
Derriford Hospital: 0845 155 8155
Plymouth Child Development clinic: 01752 439428
Immunisation Team: 0300 247 0082
Torbay Epilepsy Nurse: 01803 654616
Torbay Community Children's Nursing Team: 01803 6546162

If you would like to refer your child for input from the Occupational service, learning disability service you can self-refer by phoning the Single point of access (SPA) on: 0330 024 5321
This request will be screened by the SPA and a decision made on the allocation of a health professional.
School staff have the responsibility for day to day first aid in school just like in main stream schools.
We can also be contacted by phone on the school number: 01803 864120
We are not in school every day as we have to attend meetings out of school. We also have to write statutory health reports on certain children which may take us out of school.
We attend Child protection meetings, regular training/education, and monthly Nursing meetings in Exeter.

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Please feel free to contact us to discuss any aspect of your child’s medical condition.

If you have a complaint, please contact the school nurses in the first instance, or contact our manager Rachel Wood who is based at Capital Court in Exeter on Tel: 07866 937 081.

Thank you so much for your support in helping us to care for your child in school.

Claire Warland and Zoë Young