Oxford Health school nurses offer support and relaxation to help pupils and parents in the pandemic

Health advice and support is only a click away for Oxfordshire school pupils and parents who are feeling the strain during the latest lockdown thanks to Oxford Health’s school nurse team.

Oxford Health school nurses offer support and relaxation to help pupils and parents in the pandemic

The nurses have put together two special free offers to help ease the strain of isolation and stress caused by living through the pandemic.

Each Wednesday – now known as ‘Wind Down Wednesday’ – between 3.05pm and 3.15pm young people can log on to Teams to take part in a 10-minute relaxation session. There’s no pressure to be active and no microphone or cameras on. Just log on and listen in. To find out more just email Janice.chrystal@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk stating your name, school and date of birth.

Tikki Harrold, one of the nurses behind the project, said: “We know from past experience that lockdown can be really tough for young people and their families. But the good news is that the schools nurses are still there for them, just like last time.

“Just being able to access our relaxation sessions or get some advice when you need it can make all the difference. We want young people and their families to know that they are not alone even in the toughest of times.”

The school nursing team also recognise that parents may also be feeling stressed or isolated and need to speak to someone with concerns about their child. They may find this more difficult if their child is out of school at the moment which is why the nurses have created a special service which allows parents to send brief details so that a school nurse can call them back.

To access this service simply email SHN.oxfordshire@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk with details of the child’s name, date of birth, school, contact number and a brief outline of health need.

Tikki explained: “The school health nurses are all very much in work and there for anyone who needs them. As many people’s routines are very different to normal at the moment we are reaching out to them and making sure that if they need us they can reach us.”

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Published: 15 January 2021