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Notification of diseases to Public Health

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November 2023: This guidance is currently under review as it has gone beyond the standard review date. It reflects best practice at the time of authorship / last review and remains safe for use. If there are any concerns regarding the content then please consult with senior clinical staff to confirm.

If you see a child with a SUSPECTED notifiable disease (see list below) contact:

DURING OFFICE HOURS: The Health Protection Nurse at West House, Gartnaval Royal (201 4917)


OUT OF HOURS: On Call Public Health Doctor via Gartnavel Royal Switchboard (211 3600)

Give them the details of the patient and they will follow the patient up (including any outstanding microbiology results).

You DO NOT need to wait until microbiology results are available before contacting Public Health.


Notifiable Diseases / Organisms

Urgent Rare but also Urgent Within office hours
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Clinical syndrome due to E. coli O157 or other toxigenic E. coli (STEC)
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome
  • Haemophilus influenzae group B
  • Typhoid / paratyphoid
  • Invasive group A strep
  • Clusters or outbreaks
  • Measles
  • Cholera
  • Clostridium botulinum
  • Diphtheria
  • Anthrax
  • Avian influenza
  • Plague
  • Rabies
  • Viral haemorrhagic fevers
  • Mumps
  • Rubella (confirmed)
  • Pertussis (confirmed)
  • Acute viral hepatitis A, B, C
  • Food poisoning
  • Tuberculosis
Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 24 November 2020

Next review: 31 October 2024

Author(s): Public Health Protection Unit

Approved By: Public Health Protection Unit