During his/her school life, a young person may need to spend some time in hospital, due to illness, accident or for treatment of a particular medical condition.
The Hospital Education Service exists to offer education to young people in such circumstances and provide support emotionally as well as educationally.
The service can keep the young person in contact with the familiar world of school, minimise the isolating effect of illness and ease the eventual process of return to school.
About the Hospital Education Service
The Hospital Education Service is part of the East Ayrshire Support Team. It supports young people who have been admitted to hospital for an extended period, or who are frequently readmitted to hospital.
The service consists of one full time teacher, based in the Pediatric Ward of Crosshouse Hospital.
The service provides an excellent class base where young people, not confined to bed, can be engaged in educational and recreational activities. Teaching takes place at the bedside. For those children unable to attend the classroom, where appropriate, a few other pupils may join the teacher to allow discussion and social interaction for the child confined to bed.
Communication with parents is maintained regarding the educational progress of their children while they are in hospital. Links with the base school are maintained to ensure continuity and progression of education, and consistency of approach and material used.
The hospital teacher works as part of a multi-disciplinary team and collaborates with colleagues from other services and agencies, including medical staff.
Download the Hospital Education Service's Policy Statement.