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Notification of Infectious Diseases in England and Wales

Page updated 30 April 2007

Notification of Infectious Diseases In England and Wales

Key Points

Doctors have a statutory responsibility to notify if they suspect one of their patients has an infectious disease on the list below

A form has to be filled in and sent to your Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC); information includes date of onset, patient address, name, sex, age

You must notify the following diseases

Introduction

Section 11(1) of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984:

"If a registered medical practitioner becomes aware, or suspects, that a patient whom he is attending within the district of a local authority is suffering from a notifiable disease or from food poisoning, he shall, unless he believes, and has reasonable grounds for believing, that some other registered medical practitioner has complied with the subsection with respect to the patient, forthwith send to the proper officer of the local authority for the district a certificate stating:

List of Statutory Notifiable Diseases

Click here to see a list of Statutory Notifiable Infectious Diseases and legal information...

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Guidelines

General Medical Council. Duties of a doctor. Serious Communicable Diseases. 1999
"You must disclose information about serious communicable diseases in accordance with the law. For example, the appropriate authority must be informed where a notifiable disease is diagnosed."

In-house Interpretation

At the very least, a consultant in charge of a case has a duty to notify ward staff if a patient with an infection which is a risk to staff (such as HIV and HBV) is admitted or to be admitted.

References

Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations, 1995.

The Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1988.

Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act, 1984.