Contact Details

Contact Details:

Telephone: School Health Nursing Team, Patchway Hub, 01454 862442 Email: melanie.coombs@nhs.net

You can contact me:

· Via email or telephone.

· Via your child’s Home-School diary by letter marked ‘School Health Nurse’ and sent in with your child or

· By post to me at Patchway Hub, Rodway Road, Bristol BS34 5PE.

· For a new referral please use the Request for Support form and send in to me at school. They are available from School Reception or the CCHP website: https://cchp.nhs.uk/cchp/explore-cchp/school-health-nursing/school-nursing-information-resources.

My name is Mel Coombs. I have worked as the School Health Nurse for New Siblands since May 2012. I have 28 years children’s nursing experience with a background in Neurosciences at Great Ormond Street, General Paediatrics and NICU at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and in Burns and Neurosciences at Frenchay’s Barbara Russell Children’s Unit.

I cover both of the New Siblands school sites, Charborough Road Primary School and SGS Pegasus Schools. I am based at Patchway Hub and work every day, term-time only.

During your child’s journey through school I can help ensure that your child has access to the most appropriate health care and support. You can refer your child to me for all toileting issues and continence assessments and I liaise closely with the Paediatric Continence Promotion Service for South Gloucestershire. This is the service that provides prescription incontinence products. Children are eligible for this service after they enter Reception class at school and have undergone at least 12 weeks intensive toilet training once Toileting Recommendations have been issued by School Nursing. They also need to have an EHCP in place.

While your child is in Nursery School their Health Care Professional will continue to be their Health Visitor. I will take over from them when they enter Reception. However I do give out general advice and regular information packs about toilet training your child, as it is never too early to start. If you need any further advice regarding this then please contact me or look on the Toilet Training tab on this website.

I run a confidential drop-in clinic for young people at New Siblands Secondary school in the Nurses room on Fridays (no appointment is needed).

These sessions can be useful for seeking advice and support around many issues including mental health, emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships, sexual health and healthy lifestyles.

Parents are able to contact the School Nursing Service for advice and information on 01454 862442