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Medical Centre

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The Medical Centre is a vital part of King’s College. It is an excellent modern facility where there is always a resident qualified Sister in charge. The School Medical Officer visits the School regularly and all boarders must be registered with her under the National Health Service. Private medical treatment can, however, be arranged at parents’ expense if they so request, and there is a Nuffeld Hospital in the town. Membership of the AXA PPP School Scheme to provide private medical cover at low cost can be arranged and is strongly recommended for those pupils who intend to play sport at a high level.

We provide nursing care to pupils and First Aid care to all members of the school community, including visitors. The centre is staffed by qualified nurses 24 hours a day during term time. We also have a medical centre assistant who works from 8.30 am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, part of her role being to take pupils to medical appointments outside school. We also have a house keeper who works from 8am to 1pm Monday to Friday.

All pupils are expected to have received full protection against diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis before entering the School. Vaccination against influenza is also offered by the School each year.

All boarders are registered with St James Medical Centre, a local practice in Taunton. The centre is well supported by the school doctors – Dr Yvonne Duthie and Dr Adrian Fulford. There is a doctor’s surgery every day except Sunday. Any pupil needing medical attention outside school surgery time will be taken to St James Medical Centre, the Out of Hours doctor or to Accident and Emergency – whichever is appropriate. The nurses also hold general surgeries three times a day. No medical service is available for day pupils at the School, except in case of accident or sudden illness, when initial treatment is given, and the parent or the guardian is informed immediately.

Physiotherapy is available within the Medical Centre on Monday and Thursday afternoons. There is also a fully qualified counsellor available for appointments on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon.

The Medical Centre has eight beds for those pupils who are not well enough to stay in school or in their own boarding houses overnight. Resting beds are provided for pupils needing 'time out' during the day. Although the Medical Centre provides a confidential 'haven', we try to work closely with house parents and academic staff to ensure that the pupils' health and welfare needs are met.

Should you have any questions please call 01823 328130 and talk to the duty nurse, or email

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