West Lothian School Health Service

Children’s well-being depends on meeting their emotional, physical and intellectual needs. Children do better at school if they are both healthy and happy. The School Health Service helps children achieve their full potential. Every school in West Lothian has a named Community Paediatrician and a fully qualified School Nurse with relevant training to meet the needs of the child. The Nurse and the Doctor visit the school regularly.

What does the School Health Service Do?

  • It works as part of the integrated community school, multidisciplinary team along with other agencies promoting children’s welfare. It works closely with schools to encourage and assist them to become new Health Promoting Schools.
  • Children with health related problems will be reviewed by the School Nurse or Doctor. Children can also be offered an appointment at the request of parents, school staff or other health professionals.
  • The School Nurse is involved in Health Education classes and events within school.It provides advice on health issues to parents, teachers, and children and where appropriate, assists in planning the curriculum for Health Education

Handbook of Procedures for the Management of Pupils with Healthcare Needs in Educational Establishments

This document has been prepared in conjunction with NHS Lothian to assist schools in meeting the healthcare needs of pupils. By working in partnership with parents/carers, pupils and health professionals, schools will be able to support pupils who have healthcare needs in a safe, efficient and secure environment. This includes pupils who require medication during school time.

Click here to see the document in full.


At The James Young High School

  • The School Health Service is available for pupils seeking individual advice via staff or drop-in clinics
  • In S2/3 pupils will be given a Health Questionnaire to complete and will be offered an appointment with the School Nurse or Doctor if appropriate


  • HPV vaccinations will be offered to all female pupils in S2
  • BCG vaccinations will be offered to children who are felt to be at high risk
  • From the age of fourteen years, pupils are offered booster immunisation against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio if their GP has not done these already.

The School Nurse and Doctor are based in:

Community Child Health
St Johns Hospital
Howden Road West
EH54 6PP

Tel: 01506 419666 Ext 4147/4212

At any time, parents and pupils can ask to meet with the School Nurse or Doctor to discuss health or personal problems.