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DESS Nurses

We have two full time nurses at DESS, Mrs. Anna McKeown and Mrs. Susan McLean and one part time Doctor, Dr. Francoise. The nurses are here during school hours to provide the following:

  • Administration of first aid and emergency care
  • Measure students height, weight and BMI
  • Collaboration with parents and staff regarding specific health related concerns
  • The co-ordination and supervision of school medical examinations
  • Health promotion
  • Maintenance of school health records

Get To Know Our DESS School Medical Team

Get to know Nurse Anna

Get to know Nurse Susan

Get to know Dr Francoise

Medical Forms

Before your child begins at DESS, you will be asked to complete our Medical Form. Please return these promptly with all medical information provided. It is with utmost importance that we are aware of any medical conditions or regular medication. Please click HERE to view the Medical Form.


Students are not permitted to carry medicine with them. If your child needs any medicine whilst they are at school, please hand it to the nurses with instructions and it will be stored safely in the clinic.

The nurses have medications for basic ailments at school which can be given if consent is provided. There is a full list of these within the Medical Form.


Please ensure that copies of your child’s immunisation records are given to the nurses. It is important that you child is vaccinated as appropriate.

School Medicals

The Dubai School Health Services requires that all schools carry out a ‘School Medical Examination’ on new students and students in Years 1 and 5.

This service is currently offered to you at DESS free of charge. The medical examination will be carried out at school by our School Doctor. The school nurse will be present throughout. If you would prefer to take your child to your own family doctor for the medical examination, please notify the nurses who will give you the appropriate form. The form must be returned to school and will be kept on file in your child’s school health record.

Any relevant medical information/announcements throughout the school year will be found on the DESSC Parent Portal/App. Please do not hesitate to contact the nurses with any questions/queries you may have via the school telephone number or by email Mrs. Anna McKeown – and Mrs. Susan McLean –

Infection Control

In order to minimise the spread of infection and communicable diseases, DESS has strict infection control procedures. You will find our Infection Control Policy within our Medical Forms, above.

Student Advisor

We have a Student Advisor who works at the school. The Student Advisor works in conjunction with teachers and nursing staff to provide social and emotional wellbeing for all students in the primary school environment.