Health examinations in school health care, 9th grade
- Public service
Health examinations conducted by nurses comprise assessments of student health, growth and wellbeing and follow-up of earlier assessments. Nurses assess student wellbeing and living conditions by discussing with students their moods, adjustment to studies and to everyday life, and social contacts. They observe student strengths and resources, and they discuss matters typical of the age group including sexual health, questions concerning relations with the opposite sex, possible experiments with drugs and alcohol, and drug and alcohol use.
Nurses examine the students' physical wellbeing. They measure the students' height and weight, assess growth and conduct interviews assessing possible physical or developmental problems; as necessary nurses consult doctors. It is important that the health examinations are conducted with view to further studies. Nurses check the students' vaccinations, vaccinate them as necessary and issue vaccination cards to the students. Nurses update student health and wellbeing plans and make further plans to promote student health and functional capacity. They note down matters not completed in the transition to upper grades and contact parents regarding matters to be monitored.
To whom and on what terms
The service is free of charge.
In health checks for different age groups, attention is paid to issues that are relevant to each life stage. The child welfare clinic carries out an extensive health check on each child at the age of four months, 18 months and four years. The checks address aspects related to the child’s health, growth and development and any special needs.
Extensive health checks are organised for schoolchildren in the first, fifth and eight grade. In addition to the growth and development of the child or young person, the well-being of the entire family is assessed in the check. Health checks organised by student health care services focus on the student’s health and well-being as well as other aspects that affect their studies as a whole.
Older persons are offered health checks at the health centre. In addition to a basic check, the older person’s memory, functional capacity, alertness and capacity to cope independently coping can be examined.