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19 Jun 2014 Health Protection Scotland (HPS) geared up for Commonwealth Games

Throughout the Commonwealth Games period, HPS will be providing enhanced surveillance to protect the health of the people of Scotland, as well as the thousands of visitors that will be in the country for this event.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Mr Alex Neil, MSP, met with the Response Team at HPS today to find out more about their activities to support the successful delivery of the Commonwealth Games.

Mr Neil said: “Health Protection Scotland’s surveillance systems have been intensified in time for the Commonwealth Games and I can see that HPS will make a real contribution to the safe running of the Games.”

Dr Jim McMenamin, Surveillance Lead for the Commonwealth Games Response at HPS, explained, “HPS has a range of highly effective systems in place to monitor and respond to disease outbreaks in Scotland. These systems gather and examine information from GP consultations, NHS 24, laboratories, NHS Boards and other sources allowing us to detect certain infections and other hazards to Scotland’s health.

“The Games will provide a long-lasting legacy for HPS as it has enabled the further development of our already well established surveillance systems.

“HPS is working with the Scottish Government, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Health Protection colleagues in NHS Boards, and beyond, to deliver enhanced surveillance during the Commonwealth Games period.”

Contact:
Leigh Taylor
Health Protection Scotland - Communications Team
Meridian Court
5 Cadogan Street
Glasgow
G2 6QE

Tel: 0141 300 1117
Email: NSS.hpscommunications@nhs.net

Notes to the Editor
Health Protection Scotland (HPS) is part of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), a special health board providing services critical to frontline patient care and supportive of the efficient and effective operation of NHS Scotland.

HPS plans and delivers specialist national services which co-ordinate, strengthen and support activities aimed at protecting all the people of Scotland from infectious and environmental hazards.