Our school now holds spare supplies of Salbutamol inhalers and Epi-pens for use in emergency situations.
New legislation came into effect on 1st October 2017 which enables schools in the UK to purchase AAIs without a prescription, for emergency use on children who are at risk of anaphylaxis but whose own device is not available or not working.
The legislation was passed following two years of campaigning by the Anaphylaxis Campaign and other organisations – Allergy UK, the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG), and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) – to enable a change in the law to allow schools, pre-schools and nurseries to hold generic adrenaline auto-injectors, and ensure they have sufficient trained staff to operate the devices in case of an emergency.
The legislation was passed in October 2014 after a campaign by Asthma UK to ensure that every child has access to spare life-saving medication after their research demonstrated that 86% of children have been without their own inhaler because it was lost, forgotten, broken or had run out.
It is not mandatory for schools to have spare Epi-pens or Inhalers, but the schools within the Learning in Harmony Trust feel that if we are able to hold supplies for emergency situations that we should.
In the first instance, pupils with a prescription for either of the above medication should bring their own prescribed medicines to school with them.