The Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010
Registered medical practitioners (RMPs) have a statutory duty to notify the ‘proper officer’ at their local council or local health protection team (HPT - see below) of suspected cases of certain infectious diseases. Send the form to the proper officer within 3 days, or notify them verbally within 24 hours if the case is urgent by phone, letter, encrypted email. Full guidance can be seen on gov.uk.
Complete a notification form immediately on diagnosis of a suspected notifiable disease. Don’t wait for laboratory confirmation of a suspected infection or contamination before notification.
How to look up your Local Health protection Agency (HPT)
If you need to contact your local Health Protection Agency, it may be helpful to look this up in advance of any issues so the details, including phone numbers, are to hand. You can look up your local health protection team via this link.
- An up to date list of notifiable infectious diseases can be seen on gov.uk.
In addition doctors should notify:
- Cases of any other infectious diseases if they present or could present significant harm to human health
- Cases of patients who die with, but not necessarily because of, any notifiable disease or other infectious disease or contamination that presents, or could present, significant harm to human health.
Please don't wait for laboratory confirmation before notification if there is reasonable clinical suspicion. If you have good reason to believe another doctor has already notified then there is no reason for you to do so, but prior notification by the lab does not remove the doctors responsibility to notify.
Further details can be found at: Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 and Health Protection Legislation (England) Guidance 2010
Contact details for PHE Hants/IOW (South East)
Public Health England
Fareham Borough Council
Email: - email@example.com
Telephone 0344 225 3861
Out of hours urgent enquiries 0844 967 0082
Email for Personal Identifiable Information: - firstname.lastname@example.org
PHE South West HPT (BSW and Dorset)
Public Health England
Email: - email@example.com
Telephone 0300 303 8162 (option 1, then option 1)
Out of hours advice 0300 303 8162 (option 1)