Introduction

This Policy outlines the duties and responsibilities of doctors in notifying patients with Notifiable Diseases to Public Health England and the mechanisms by which to do this.

 

Policy

Notification of Infectious Diseases to the Proper Officer

Health protection legislation in England has been updated to give public authorities new powers and duties to prevent and control risks to human health from infection or contamination, including by chemicals and radiation. The revised measures are contained within the amended Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and it’s accompanying Regulations. The new Regulations for clinical notifications came into force on 6 April 2010, and those relating to laboratory notifications started on 1 October 2010.

It is the responsibility of the attending medical practitioner, either in the patient's home or at a surgery or hospital to report the disease to the local 'Proper Officer' at the local Health Protection Unit.

Notification should be made immediately on diagnosis of a suspected notifiable disease and should not wait for laboratory confirmation of the suspected infection or contamination. The certificate should be sent to the Proper Officer within three days or verbally within 24 hours if the case is considered urgent. Copies of the certificate can be printed off the Infection Prevention and Control page of the Trust Intranet or downloaded from the Public Health England website.

 

Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Ann Trail, Nurse Consultant and Deputy Director for Infection Prevention and Control
Ratified by: Quality Governance Committee
Date Ratified: May 2017
Date Issued: May 2017
Review Date: May 2019
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Ann Trail, Nurse Consultant and Deputy Director for Infection Prevention and Control

 

See also:

  • Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers
  • Meningococcal Diseases
  • Control of Tuberculosis in Hospitals
  • Respiratory Viruses
  • Isolation Policy