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 is operating in a different way. Referrals can be made through the single point of access and phone appointments will be offered where appropriate. Young people can continue to access ChatHealth. Vision and hearing assessments for reception year pupils have been suspended. .

Keep up-to-date with the latest information, read our page on Coronavirus.

Contact us

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

Our team consists of school nurses, school staff nurses, health improvement staff, nursery nurses, school nurse assistants, associate practitioners and secretarial support. All school nurses are qualified nurses with specialist training in public health.

We work closely with health visitors, community paediatricians, schools and other services from your local community in a range of locations, including mainstream schools, special schools and outreach services.

Primary school-age

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Clover Street

I am writing this review not only to share my positive experience of the Clover...

Vacant

This post is vacant.

World Patient Safety Day 2020

Westview Hospital

Contact us The main hospital reception: 01580 261576 or 01580 261522. Who we are We...

Clover Street

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Clover Street

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Clover Street

I am writing this review not only to share my positive experience of the Clover...

Vacant

This post is vacant.

World Patient Safety Day 2020

Westview Hospital

Contact us The main hospital reception: 01580 261576 or 01580 261522. Who we are We...

Clover Street

Just want to say a big thank you to everyone for the great experience! Especially...

Clover Street

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FOI requests for August 2020

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Vaccine registry stakeholder pack for COVID-19

Q1 PID data (2020-21)

We provide support and advice for a variety of health issues and will refer to specialist services when needed. These include:

  • daytime and night time wetting and soiling
  • behaviour management
  • healthy eating and lifestyle
  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • puberty and growing up
  • sexual health
  • stopping smoking
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • sleep
  • complex health needs
  • weight management.

Our team offers a range of drop-in clinics in schools, colleges, children’s centres and other community venues for advice and information. You can find out more or refer to our services by contacting us using the contact details above.

We offer health assessments and a range of support for physical, sexual, emotional health and wellbeing, referring to specialist services when needed.

Our School Health Team offers a range of confidential drop-in’s  in schools and colleges providing information and advice to support young people with:

  • daytime and night time wetting and soiling
  • behaviour
  • bullying
  • bereavement
  • healthy eating and lifestyle
  • emotional health and wellbeing, such as worries, stress, depression, self-harm and anger management
  • puberty and growing up
  • sexual health
  • stopping smoking
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • sleep
  • complex health needs

Support for schools

We offer support for schools to develop a whole-school approach to improve the health of their pupils.

If you are a school, visit our Support for Schools section.

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. Please see the drop in schedule for more information. Parents are welcome to contact us using the details above.

Direct referrals are also welcome from parents and professional using our:

School health improvement grants

More than 180 schools and colleges across East Sussex have made a special commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people, with a particular focus on childhood obesity. KCHFT’s School Health Service in East Sussex has created resources to help guide schools in making the most of their health improvement grant. This was developed as part of the pilot project with 10 East Sussex schools during 2015/16. The planning involved assisting schools to focus on key health improvement priorities for their students and to choose effective activities that will make an impact on the school or college’s health improvement goals.

Your comments

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.