Support for a wide variety of health needs for children and young people living in Stoke-on-Trent

Led by Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (School Nurses), who are supported by qualified Staff Nurses, Public Health Advisors and Support Workers, we work in partnership to keep the children of Stoke on Trent healthy, happy and safe.

The service is for young people aged between 5 and 19 years, their families, carers, schools, alternative education providers and other professional agencies.

Our Health 5-19 provides a range of services such as:

  • Transition from Health Visiting services at 5 years of age. We gain health information by sending you a health questionnaire about your child /children in their reception year. We send out a general health booklet when your child enters year 7 for your information and we will offer  a face to face health appointment with all year 10 students.
  • The National Child Measurement Programme is carried out on your child in reception and year 6. You can opt out of this national screening if you choose. We will offer advice to parents and carers about ways you can help to improve your childs health and wellbeing.
  • Hearing Tests: children can be tested in school or at a clinic if there is a concern.
  • All young people in high school and colleges can access health advice and support at confidential drop-ins.
  • We will support pupils and families with medical conditions, care planning and coordinating services.
  • We offer training to teaching staff across the city on Asthma, Epilepsy and Anaphylaxis
  • The service will support applications for Continuing Care Funding and contribute to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Assessments
  • Clinics are provided throughout the city for enuresis (bed wetting) and advice about constipation..
  • Our Teams deliver health campaigns throughout the year on a variety of topics and works in partnership with @AyDuck and @HUBBFoundation_.
  • Health promotion lessons are offered to primary and secondary school aged children, topics include: Dental Hygiene, Healthy Eating, Puberty, Self-Esteem and Relationships
  • Our 2019 health promotion campaign is supporting children around positive emotional health
  • Supporting our Children in Care.
  • We work with other professionals to support the work of safeguarding children and families through Early Help intervention, Child in Need and Child Protection.

Confidentiality

We treat information about children, young people and their families as confidential. We do sometimes share information with other agencies, like GPs or your child’s school, so that the young person or child can get the help they need. We would only share this information without your agreement if it were necessary to ensure a child’s safety.

Referrals

Referrals can be made for children and young people aged between 5 to 19 years, who live in Stoke-on-Trent.

Referrals can be made by parents, young people, carers, teaching staff, GPs, social workers and allied health professionals.

If you are ever unsure if your referral is appropriate, please do not hesitate to contact the Our Health 5-19 team directly.

All referrals into the service will be reviewed. If information has been left out, or the referral is inappropriate we will contact you to discuss this further.

Please complete and return the referral form by email to ourhealth5-19@nhs.net or by post to:

Cobridge Community Health Centre,
Church Terrace,
Stoke-on-Trent
ST6 2JN

Our Health 5-19 Referral Form

You can also refer by phone: 0300 124 0362.

ChatHealth (text message service)

ChatHealth is a text message service for young people and parents to ask for health and wellbeing advice. Messages sent to the dedicated number are delivered to a secure website and responded to by one of the trained health professionals in the school nursing team. Texts are usually replied to within one working day.

ChatHealth is available between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday. Outside of these times, anyone who texts the service receives a message explaining where to get help if their question is urgent, and when they can expect a response.

The number to text if you are a young person living in Stoke-on-Trent

07520 615723

The legal bit

We do not usually inform your parents, teachers or anyone else if you contact the school nurse. We might inform someone if we were concerned about your safety, but we would usually speak to you first. Your messages are stored and can be seen by other healthcare staff who follow the same confidentiality rules. We aim to reply to you within one working day and you should get an immediate response to confirm we have received your text. Texts will not be seen outside of normal working hours. If you need help before you hear back from us, contact a member of school staff or your doctor. Our text number does not receive voice calls or MMS picture messages. We support messaging from UK mobile numbers only (which does not include messages sent from landlines, international mobile numbers and some 'number masking' mobile apps). Prevent the school nurse from sending messages to you by texting STOP to our number. Please respect your schools’ mobile phone policy. Messages are charged at your usual rate.

 

See us at school

Pupils of schools in Stoke-on-Trent can visit their school nurse at the following times
School Day Time

Birches Head Academy

Tuesday 12:10 - 12:40
Burslem College Last Thursday of the month 12:00 - 13:20
Co-op Academy of Brownhills Monday 12:40 - 13:20

Discovery Academy

Wednesday

year 7/8

12:05 -12:35

year 9/10/11

13:05 - 13:35

Excel Academy

Tuesday

Year 7

12:20 - 12:55

Years 8/9/10/11

13:20 -14:00

Haywood Academy

Monday 13:40 - 14:10
Ormiston Horizon Academy Wednesday 15:00 -16:00

Ormiston Meridian Horizon

Tuesday

13:20 - 14:00

Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy

Friday

13:15 -14:00

Reach Thursday 10:30 -11:30

St. Joseph’s College

Wednesday

12:30 -13:10

St. Margaret Ward RC Academy Wednesday

12:25 -13:05

 

St. Peter’s Academy

Monday

13:15 - 14:00

St. Thomas More RC College

Thursday

12:35 - 14:10

Stoke on Trent Sixth form college Wednesday 14:10 - 15:10

Thistley Hough High School

Tuesday

13:20 -14:00

Trentham High

Monday

13:20 -14:00

     

 

Exam Stress

Tests and exams can be a challenging part of school life for children and young people and  also their parents or carers. But there are many ways to ease the stress.

Watch for signs of stress

Children and young people who experience stress may:

  • worry a lot
  • feel tense
  • get lots of headaches and stomach pains
  • not sleep well
  • be irritable
  • lose interest in food or eat more than normal
  • not enjoy activities they previously enjoyed
  • seem negative and low in their mood
  • seem hopeless about the future

Having someone to talk to about their work can help young people share their worries and keep things in perspective. Visit us at your school drop in or send us a text on Chathealth or check out this website for more information.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-exam-stress/

 


Cobrige Community Centre
Church Terrace
Stoke-on-Trent
ST6 2JN

Get in Contact

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Headquarters, St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3SR

E-mail: enquiries@mpft.nhs.uk 

Switchboard number

0300 790 7000
(staffed 24 hours a day, every day)

Quick Contact Form

Required
Required
Hide this section
Show accessibility tools