Young girl falls ill after school failed in their non-prescription medicine procedures
Wendy Toms, Chelsie’s mother said that her daughter is often travel sick, so on the morning of the trip she gave the school staff a box of her travel sickness pills.
Specifically giving strict instruction, she told the staff member that her daughter should be given half a tablet for the outward journey and half a pill on the return trip, so her daughter could enjoy the day out.
When Ms Toms collected her daughter, she was distressed and becoming incoherent. Chelsie had taken six whole pills at the end of the day after the school put the pills back into her schoolbag. The little girl thought they were sweeties.
Devon and Cornwall police were contacted and were investigating the primary school based in Plymouth, Devon. Child Protection Services would be following up their investigations.
Although the school have now implemented new produces related to non-prescription medicines, Ms Toms is not satisfied and has removed her daughter from the school.
According to a report by the Telegraph, she said, “She was hallucinating, talking to the walls. She didn’t know who I was and then she was sick in her hands. I was so worried that I looked through her school bag to find the box of pills I gave to the staff member with seven missing.”
She took Chelsie to hospital for tests and scans before being kept in overnight.
Both mother and daughter are receiving counselling after the incident in June as the hallucinations had left Chelsie petrified of her own toys and unable to sleep without taking a torch to bed.
Headteacher Sandie Roberts said the incident has been fully investigated and more robust procedures put in place.