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Gordon's Medical Centre

 The School Medical Centre is run by a team of three Registered General Nurses and one administrator.

Its aim is to support the health needs of every student, allowing them to achieve their full potential in all aspects of school life.

Julie Unsworth RGN - Lead Nurse

Julie trained at Southampton University Hospitals Trust in 1990. Her first post was as a Staff Nurse in Respiratory Medicine at Southampton General Hospital. After a gap year travelling Julie returned to London and worked in St Thomas’s Hospital as a Staff Nurse in one of the busiest A&E’s in the country. Next came a relocation to Australia, working in A&E and Cardio-Thoracic ITU in Sydney for some years. In between having three children Julie has worked part-time at Frimley Park A&E, finally  joining the Nursing team at Gordon’s in September 2012.

Jenni Beresford RGN MCFHP MAFHP - Nurse

 Jenni completed her training at Ashford Hospital qualifying in 1982. Jenni then worked in a variety of areas including general surgery, orthopaedics and ophthalmology. Jenni became deputy sister on an orthopaedic ward in 1985 obtaining a Ward Sister post in 1986 on a general surgical unit. Jenni joined Gordons in 1996. She completed her training as a Foot Health Practitioner in 2009 which enables her to offer foot care at school.

Jackie Monk RGN - Nurse

Jackie trained at the Chelmsford & Essex Group Hospitals in 1975. Initially working in orthopaedics and A&E, she then married and joined her husband in Germany and Cyprus where she nursed in various military medical establishments. On returning to the UK she qualified as a Nurse Practitioner and continued her career in General Practice, working in Jenner House Surgery, Cove and Heath Hill Surgery, Crowthorne. Having completed her Diploma in Occupational Health and General Practice Nursing, Jackie has worked for the Army School of Physical Training for the past 18 years. She has a keen interest in the prevention and treatment of sports injuries, health promotion and First Aid training. In January 2014 she joined the nursing team at Gordon’s School.

Marie jones – Medical Centre administrator

The Medical Centre

The Medical Centre is manned between 8.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays, 9.30am and 12.30pm on Saturdays and 9.30 and 11.00am on Parade Sundays. The Medical Centre staff run regular open surgeries throughout the day and are on hand to treat emergencies at all times during the school day. Full and Weekly Boarders have access to a trained nurse outside of these hours via the on-call system, should the need arise.

The Medical Centre houses seven beds in three separate rooms (boys, girls, and isolation) that allow sick students to be accommodated in comfortable surroundings by professional staff, away from their Boarding Houses for short periods of time.

First Aid and immediate Nursing Care is available to Day Boarders taken ill or injured during the school day. However, parents will be contacted and should be available to collect their child if they are considered unfit to return to class. All students have access to a fully qualified counsellor if appropriate. On occasion, the Medical Centre can also provide sanctuary during the school day if students feel overwhelmed by personal problems such as emotional stress or homesickness.

Over the counter medicines are dispensed by the Nurses and other trained members of staff to all students who have returned a completed medical questionnaire and consent form. Care plans are in place for those students who suffer with short and long-term medical conditions to allow each child to reach their potential regardless of illness or disability.

The Medical Centre staff aim to promote good health and sensible lifestyle choices, help to deliver the PSHE programme, and co-ordinate preventative health programmes such as immunisations. 

To enable us to provide the best care possible, including the administration of certain ‘over the counter’ medicines, we require a completed medical questionnaire and consent form for every student starting at Gordon’s. Parental consent is then valid throughout your child's time at Gordon's. The Medical Centre should be notified of any updates or changes regarding the students' health. 

Seeing a Doctor at Gordon’s

The school doctor, Dr Barker, is a local GP who holds a weekly clinic in school for Full and Weekly Boarders.

Dr Barker (BSc  MBBS  MRCGP, DRCOG) completed a degree in Biological Sciences before studying medicine at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. She completed her GP training in East Surrey, and joined the West End and Chobham Medical Practice as a part-time partner in 1998. 

She enjoys all aspects of family medicine, with a particular interest in paediatrics and women's health.

The usual range of general medical services are also provided by the West End and Chobham Medical Practice. It is therefore imperative that Full Boarders and Weekly Boarders are registered with Dr Barker. This means that Residential Boarders who need to see a doctor outside of term time must register with a local GP as a temporary resident. The contact details for the West End Surgery are:

West End Surgery
Lucas Green Road
West End
GU24 9LU

Appointments: 01483 480521
Enquiries and Visits: 01483 481323
Fax: 01483 487586
Out of Hours: 01276 857117

Male students may see a male doctor upon request. Residential boarders also have access to a dentist, an orthodontist, foot clinic, asthma clinic, travel clinic and other services deemed appropriate to support their good health.

School policy is for all new Residential Boarding students to have a medical with the school doctor in their first term in order to check and monitor their physical health and well being whilst at school.

Although the Medical Centre staff will always provide emergency treatment during school hours to Day Boarders, it is expected that for routine medical matters their family GP will be consulted.