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East Sussex School Health

We are a team of public health practitioners, led by school nurses, who work with children, young people and families in East Sussex. You do not have to be in school to use this service.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

This service may be running differently, for example, offering virtual appointments.

Please see your appointment letter for details or contact the service. 

Keep up-to-date with the latest information, read our page on Coronavirus or our update on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Contact us

Text Your School Nurse

Need to speak to someone now contact us by text using our confidential text messaging service for parents and carers of children of ages 5 to 19 years and also young people aged between 11 to 19 years.

07507 332 473

Referring to the East Sussex School Health Service is easy:

0300 123 4062  – School Health One Point (SHOP)
kentchft.esschoolhealthservice@nhs.net
Online referral form (includes Ready Steady Go referral)

We are available from 8.30am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, including school holidays.

Find us on Facebook – /ESSchoolHealth

Who we are

Your School Health Team is led by registered, qualified nurses who have a specialist community public health degree. The team consists of community staff nurses, assistant practitioners, health improvement staff, school nurse assistants and administrators.

We work closely with a number of other services, including: Education, GPs, Children’s Integrated Therapy Services, paediatricians, the voluntary sector, youth services and East Sussex Children's Services.

All of our colleagues that work within schools and with children, families and young people have enhanced disclosure and barring checks (DBS); we are committed to promoting the healthy development, resilience and welfare of all children and young people.

What we do

Our focus is on promoting the health and wellbeing of all school-aged children, striving to deliver the very best care that we can. We do this by completing a health assessment with you and your child to identify the most appropriate intervention and potential outcome and we will work with you to achieve this.

Where we are unable to help, we will always signpost or refer you to a more suitable service. Every child deserves the best start in life; our aim is to make sure that nothing gets in the way of your child’s development, so that they can achieve their full potential.

We provide support and advice for a variety of health issues for primary and secondary-aged children and young people and will refer to specialist services when needed.

Primary school-age

For primary aged children we can support parents by offering either one off visits and advice or packages of care that can last up to six contacts dependent on the needs of the child.

  • Eat well, Get active: This package is designed for primary-aged children of a normal weight that need assistance with diet, faddy eating and physical activity.
  • Bladder and Bowel concerns: This package of care is designed for children and young people who have trouble with wetting or bowel issues.
  • Healthy Lifestyles: This package of care is designed for children who have multiple difficulties, for example: Sleep, diet, physical activity, gadgets and screen time, puberty, hygiene and growing up.
  • Sleep: This package of support is designed for children and young people who have trouble settling at night.
  • Ready, Steady, Go our fun eight week healthy lifestyles programme primarily designed for children who have a BMI equal to or over the 91st centile and below the 98th centile aged 4 to 11 years old. Sessions are designed for children to attend with a parent/carer and include lifestyle advice and taking part in fun physical activity, challenges and games.

For secondary-aged young people

We will offer a health assessment and can tailor interventions that will support young people aged between 11 to 19 who wish to improve their lifestyle or health, and who have different concerns and factors that are affecting their life, for example exercise, bladder and bowels, hygiene or self-care, smoking, substance misuse or alcohol use, puberty, sex and relationships and c-cards.  However if you would prefer to speak to one of our nurses then you can attend our virtual drop in.

Need an appointment? Visit our Attend Anywhere waiting room.

We also offer a texting service that is available for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years and young people aged 11 to 19 years old. This service is completely confidential unless we feel that you or someone else is at risk in some way and you can text us on 07507 332 473. This service is available between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You can find out more or refer to our services by contacting us using the contact details above or by using our online referral form.

Support for schools

We support education professionals to achieve best practice for learning and development through a whole school approach. We do this through providing training on asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and anaphylaxis, consultancy across a wide range of universal and specialist areas including individual health care plans and PSHE. We also provide care packages and personalised support for children and young people.

How do you use our service

Children, young people and families can access our service in a number of ways. Children must be between the ages of four and 18.

Young people can self-refer via any of our drop in clinics at secondary school, by contacting us through our confidential texting service 07507 332 473. Please see the drop in schedule for more information (due to COVID-19 we are only operating a drop-in service using our virtual platform, visit our Attend Anywhere waiting room. Parents and professionals are welcome to contact us using the details above or by completing our online referral form.

East Sussex healthy schools programme

The East Sussex healthy schools programme builds on previous evidence-based approaches developed locally and is supported by East Sussex Public Health and the East Sussex School Health Service.

The healthy schools programme brings together the following three components that support schools in taking a systematic approach to health and wellbeing:

  • the school health check (helping you to achieve Healthy Schools Status)
  • a new pupil survey for Year 6, Year 9 and post 16 students, my health, my school, and
  • a new updated PSHE offer from the School Health Service.

The Healthy Schools programme supports schools to recognise and celebrate achievements in whole-school health improvement and provides a simple way to collate a range of evidence that will be useful for Ofsted inspection judgement areas.

Your comments

March 2021

I really enjoyed the health awareness courses, I felt they were full of useful information and the duration was just right. Sometimes with courses I feel they go off track which can mean losing interest. However these courses were straight to the point, informative and easy to understand.

I feel more confident in my role now after learning through this course, I would definitely recommend to other members of my team.

February 2020
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

I did a self referral online for my daughter. Response was fast, efficient and no waiting list which was great. Both (staff names) have a warm, friendly approach. It was extremely relaxed talking about needs etc.

January 2020
Hastings and Rother

(Staff name) has really encouraged me to eat more and be more positive. (Aged 11-19)

January 2020
High Weald, Lewes and Haven

Reassuring to know lots of other people in similar situations. good suggestions and strategies. Friendly staff.

December 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford

Really helped talking about ideas, not just sleep but worries aswell. Some great ideas looking forward to trying.

December 2019
Hastings and Rother

Very helpful and some helpful ideas. Also a lot of discussion about on-going support.

December 2019
Hastings and Rother

This service helps you understand and gives key points and also you know your not alone.

December 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford

Found it very helpful and informative.

July 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford

I dont find it easy to talk to people about how I feel and I feel comfortable to talk to you. (Age 4-11)

July 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford

She was very helpful.They made so much sense and just really helped. (Age 4-11)

July 2019
Hastings & Rother

(Staff name) is extremely knowledgeable and has put me at ease throughout the next steps of supporting my daughter.

June 2019
High Weald, Lewes and Havens

Everyone was extremely friendly. (Aged 11-19)

June 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

It's good and it helps me to release how I feel. (Aged 11-19)

June 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

We were in a safe environment. (Aged 4-11)

June 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

Useful workshop, offering strategies to implement.

June 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

It didn't feel awkward and I felt comfortable. (Aged 4-11)

June 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

He was friendly and I enjoyed the session. (Aged 4-11)

June 2019
Hastings and Rother

Very helpful and good advice. Listened to all my concerns.

June 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

Any extra information is helpful, as well as knowing you're not alone, and to know there will be support in the future, ladies were lovely, very helpful.

June 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

It was peaceful and quiet. (Aged 4-11)

February 2019
Hastings and Rother

It's very helpful for stress or any problems that you have. (Age 11-19)

February 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

(Staff name) gives me very good advice and I love the things she gives me. She helped me really well. She's been really nice and welcoming. (Age 4-11)

February 2019
High Weald, Lewes and Havens

Nice friendly staff, ensuring all support has been given/offered.

February 2019
High Weald, Lewes and Havens

I have really enjoyed the support that has been available to me, I have found it very helpful.

February 2019
Hastings and Rother

I feel like my opinion matters and I'm actually being listened to.(Age 11-19)

February 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

It has helped me a lot talking to someone and they made me feel comfortable talking about my problems. (Age 11-19)

January 2019
High Weald, Lewes and Havens

The staff were ever so friendly. I was listened to and felt very much that they were there to help and did not talk down to me in anyway. (Parent/Carer)

January 2019
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

Great outlet to discuss our issues and relate to our personal circumstances.

June 2018
Hastings and Rother

They were really helpful and very informative. They made sure we understand everything. (Aged 11-19)

June 2018
Hastings and Rother

So helpful, kind and lots of advice

June 2018
High Weald, Lewes and Havens

The support and guidance I have been given has helped not only my child but me too.

May 2018
Hastings and Rother

She is very approachable and friendly and easy to get along with.

May 2018
Hastings and Rother

Makes me feel comfortable and at ease.

April 2018
Hastings and Rother

Very happy with the help I have received.

March 2018
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

Helpful and understanding.

February 2018
High Weald, Lewes and Havens

Positive response from my child. Useful practical advice.

February 2018
Hastings and Rother

It is a good way to just get things off your chest that you cant any where else and it helps me to worry less. (Aged 11-19)

January 2018
Hastings and Rother

Great support and help.

January 2018
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford

Easily accessibleservice with helpful & friendly staff.

January 2018
High Weald, Lewes and Havens

Lots of fantastic advice and help for both me and my son.