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School Medical Service

Hackney Ark,
Down Park Road,
E8 2HY


What are school medicals?

The purpose of school medical assessments is to address unmet health needs of pupils and where appropriate to review those with long term health conditions or disabilities, especially when they are impacting on their education. 

Pupils can be referred to the School Medical Service where there are concerns that they may have a medical condition which is not being fully managed elsewhere or when additional information is required.

Schools will all have a named / allocated doctor. To find the name of your school's doctor please call: 020 7014 7175

The school doctor will review the child with their parent/carer to try to identify any unmet needs and then refer on for treatment or further assessment as needed.

School medicals are best suited to addressing one or two specific problems/concerns.

Below are some examples where School Medicals may be beneficial:

  • Frequent absence from school due to unclear health reasons
  • When a learning/behaviour problem may have an underlying medical cause
  • Clumsiness/dyspraxia
  • Pupils newly arrived from overseas where there are health concerns but limited available history

What they are not…

They are not intended to replace the role of primary care (i.e. the GP).

Families should be advised initially to go to their GP for acute and long term medical problems.

Primary behavioural problems should be referred to First Steps, or CAMHS.

Find out more: CAMHS Alliance

Developmental or educational concerns should be discussed with the schools special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) or link Educational Psychologist.

Find out more: Educational Psychology Service

Problems associated with long term conditions should be discussed with the school nurse or school doctor. They may need to be seen or referred back to the relevant clinician.

    e.g. A pupil with poorly controlled asthma should be referred back to their GP

      e.g. A pupil with sickle cell disease who has poor attendance due to pain should be referred back to their haematologist or specialist nurse.

      Find out more: 

      Homerton School Nursing team – Universal Service

      Safeguarding School Nursing Service

      Pupils with complex needs that already involve multiple professionals/specialities e.g.

      ...should be referred to the relevant specialist or to the Hackney Ark via the Multi-Agency Referrals (MARS) Meetings referral form.

      Record Last Updated on: 04/10/2017

      Other Details

      Referral required?


      Referral Details

      Referral form available in the download section of this page. 

      Complete and follow the instructions on the form. 

      What to do if you have a complaint

      Complaints can be made to a clinician or manager in the service or alternatively through the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

      The service can be contacted on 020 8510 7315 or

      How to Get Here

      Buses: 30, 56, 67, 76, 149, 243, 276

      Train: Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Downs

      Parking: The car park has 10 car spaces including two spaces for disabled drivers along with motorcycle and bicycle spaces. Parking is restricted to clients and service users only.

      Service users will need to use the entry-phone to alert main reception of their arrival and be permitted to enter the car park.  Anyone using the car park does so at their own risk.

      There are on street parking bays opposite the building.

      Transport to Service? For some children & young people depending on their mobility needs.

      Reception can ring for cabs for patients.

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