Medical Services

Medical services

The Portsmouth Abbey Infirmary staff is composed of dedicated medical professionals who provide the utmost attention and care to all students. From dispensing medication to treating illness and injury, rest assured that your child will be well cared for at Portsmouth Abbey School.

The Infirmary is staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week by Registered Nurses. The School’s physician, Dr. Stephen Butler, is on call seven days per week, and sees boarding students three days per week during scheduled clinic hours. Referrals to specialists and routine medical and dental appointments for boarding students are coordinated by the Infirmary nurses. Students requiring evaluation for emergencies are transported to Newport Hospital in Newport, RI.

Boarding students requiring administration of medication should report to the infirmary between the hours of 7:30am-8:15am on school days, and between 7:30am-11am on Sundays. Evening medications are dispensed between the hours of 5pm-7:30pm. Boarding students who are ill should report to the Infirmary at 7:30am on school days for evaluation. Students should not visit the Infirmary during class time other than in the event of an emergency or acute illness. Any student who needs to visit the Infirmary after 8pm must report his/her illness to a houseparent. The houseparent will notify the Infirmary via telephone, and the student must be escorted by a houseparent or prefect.

Counseling appointments are available three afternoons/evenings per week with the School's psychologists, Dr. Norman Weitzberg and Dr. Anne Davidge. Appointments are coordinated through the Infirmary nurses, and can be made by student self-referral, or through referral from a parent, houseparent, advisor, or other faculty member.  

Mrs. Lisa DeSousa, ADN, RN, CPN
Director of Medical Services

Registered Nurse
Certified Pediatric Nurse
(401) 643-1233

Mrs. DeSousa has been a registered nurse specializing in Pediatrics for 16 years. Before joining the Abbey, she has spent her nursing career working at Hasbro Children’s Hospital specializing in the treatment and care of children and adolescents. Mrs. DeSousa has worked both in the inpatient medical/surgical setting as well as in the behavioral health setting. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse as well as Pediatric Advanced Life Support certified.