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The Duke of York's Royal Military School

A co-educational boarding school for students aged 11-18

Medical Centre

We are extremely proud of our Medical Centre which provides students and staff with an excellent level of care to support healthcare and wellbeing, both physically and emotionally.

The School Medical Centre is the health hub of the school, through which a range of physical, wellbeing, medication, preventative, rehabilitative and reactionary interventions take place. With two consulting rooms, a wellbeing room, therapy room and plans for a sensory and communal garden, we pride ourselves on our holistic and forward-thinking approach to health. The Medical Centre is open from 07:00 until 20:00 from Monday until Saturday during term-time and services includes several GP clinics each week, staffed by GPs from St James’ Surgery in Dover, and asthma clinics run in partnership with St James’ Surgery also. In addition to booked internal and external appointments, the Medical Centre undertakes a twice daily triage of a range of issues reported by boarding house staff and students, including wellbeing assessment and intervention, assessment and management of injuries/ sporting injuries, minor illness management and responding to medical emergencies. Every child with a diagnosed long-term medical condition has an individual health care plan if appropriate, which is reviewed annually as a minimum and shared with the relevant staff in school to maintain student safety.

The Medical Centre team consists of four full-time (term time) clinical staff and two part-time administrators.

Miss Kate Stone is our Medical Centre Lead, and she joined the School in the Spring Term 2023. Kate joins us after working as a registered Paramedic and Operational Team Leader/Operational Commander in the Ambulance Service for over twenty years. She brings with her a wealth of frontline experience in emergency medicine and urgent care, as well as training and facilitating, team development, and project work. Kate also has interests in wellbeing and mental health. This is all supported by academic achievements of a BSc in Paramedic Practice, PgCert in Counselling Studies, and a MSc in Psychotherapy.

Mrs Jessica Ford joined the team in September 2021. After achieving her adult nurse degree in 2014, she worked on rehabilitation and intermediate care ward before moving into Practice Nursing with a GP practice where she consolidated her skills in health promotion, screening, immunisation and advanced wound management.

Mr Matthew Riglar also joined the team in September 2021. Matt is a Sport Rehabilitator/ Health Care Assistant and 'Old Boy' of the school, who graduated from University in 2019 and has since worked in private practice and National League rugby. Matt has supported charity events as well as Army hockey tournaments, alongside experience working in Orthopaedic hospitals. Matt has a passion for building a safe sporting environment and is working closely alongside the sporting department to achieve this within our school, as well as working with students to manage their injuries or health conditions and enable them to return to sporting activities in a safe and timely way.

Our administration team include Mrs Tracy Doughty, Mrs Barbara Wood and Mrs Vivienne Wells. Their previous experience covers a history of working in management roles in health care and childcare settings. They are the backbone of the Medical Centre, co-ordinating external appointments, organising clinics, managing the medication requirements for the students and answering the very many queries that come into the Medical Centre on a daily basis.

Referrals to the Medical Centre can be made by partnership agencies, parents, staff and students alike.

Medical Centre
01304 245016