The school has a professionally staffed and well equipped Medical Centre which offers all boys a kind, confidential and professional service.

Our team delivers a high standard of nursing care: aiming to treat every pupil holistically, looking at their social, psychological and physical needs.  

Staff at the Medical Centre

Medical Officers:

  • Dr Goulding SMO (other partners share the weekly sessions and Saturday covers) 

Nurses:

  • Johanne Powell-Goodger RGN (Lead Nurse, Minor Illness Nurse Practioner)
  • Zoe Garbould RSCN
  • Ines Tanna RGN
  • Joanne Paine RGN
  • Shirley Phillips RGN
  • Claire Watson RGN
  • Rachel Smith (Bank Nurse) 

The nursing team are available during term time from 8.15am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday. The School Medical Officer, Dr Goulding, who is a Local GP with the De Parys Medical Centre, is available in school each Tuesday and Thursday between 11.30 and 12.30pm. All boarders are registered as NHS patients at the De Parys Medical Centre upon joining Bedford School.

The medical centre has a treatment room, bedroom and quiet seating area. Health screening for all new Prep day boys takes place in the medical centre and is offered upon entry to the school. This health check includes; height/weight, vision/colour vision screening and is a wonderful way for our nursing team to meet our new boys. Screening results are sent to parents, including follow-up advice as required.

Upper School boys are offered the chance to individually book a health screen with the nurses.

Boarders have a full Health Screen with the school Doctor.

Pupils are offered booster vaccinations in Yr 10 of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio combined and MenACWY. These are administered by the local immunisation nursing team.

The school also offers free rehabilitation sessions for injured boys as part of their games programme. Bookings should be made via the medical centre.

Sports Therapy/Physiotherapy

A sports therapist/physiotherapist is usually available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 1.00pm and 5.00pm during term time. The current charges are £24.00 for a 45-minute initial consultation and £16.00 for each 30 minute follow-up session.

Medical Questionnaires

We ask all parents to complete a medical questionnaire for their son before he joins the school. These are then checked by the school nurse to identify any health issues. If necessary, a care plan is written in consultation with you and your son.

Counselling

We also offer a well-established counselling service. All boys are free to visit and talk to the School Counsellor, Bill Rosseter, in complete confidence to gain help and support during difficult times. Boys can seek help and advice on a wide range of issues.

Anything discussed with the School Counsellor is completely confidential. Nothing is shared with others or fed back to parents or staff without their permission.

Parents can also be seen and referred to counsellors in their locality if on-going support is required.