Clinical & Infection Control Advice and Policies

The Control of Infection Department is located within Microbiology. In a manual such as this it is not possible to include comprehensive guidance about individual clinical and infection control problems. Hospital users should be aware of the comprehensive guidance that already exists in the Infection Control Manual (available in all clinical areas and on Public Folders).  

Relevant guidance is also circulated from time to time to users in the community. We have not reproduced any of these policies here, as they would inevitably become out of date as revisions are issued. 

Advice about the management of individual patients and the interpretation of laboratory results should initially be sought from one of the Consultant Microbiologists. Advice about infection control issues should be sought from the Infection Control Team (Tel Ext: 32115) or one of the Consultants if the patient is in hospital, or the relevant Consultant in Communicable Disease Control.

Statutorily notifiable diseases 

Certain infectious diseases are notifiable by law to the Proper Officer for the Local Authority area in which the patient lives, who is usually the Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC). The attending doctor who suspects the infection is legally responsible for this notification. In order to ensure prompt reporting, notification should occur on the basis of clinical suspicion and should not await Laboratory confirmation

The following diseases are notifiable under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984: Food poisoning (all sources), Cholera, Plague, Relapsing fever, Smallpox, Typhus

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1988:
Acute Encephalitis, Acute Poliomyelitis, Anthrax, Diphtheria, Dysentery (Amoebic or Bacillary), Leprosy, Leptospirosis, Malaria, Measles, Meningitis, Meningococcal Septicaemia (without Meningitis), Mumps, Ophthalmia Neonatorum, Paratyphoid, Rabies, Rubella, Scarlet Fever, Tetanus, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Viral Haemorrhagic Fever, Viral Hepatitis, Whooping Cough, Yellow Fever.

Cases of notifiable disease in Devon, either in hospital or the community, should be notified to Public Health England.

Contact Details:

Telephone:0300 303 8162 option 1 option 1. Address: Public Health England South West, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NE.


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Review Status

Reviewed June 2018 
This page will be updated September 2018

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