The Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008

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The Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008

The Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008 provides a statutory framework for public health action to protect the people of Scotland from infectious disease, contamination and other such hazards.

Information about the Act and guidance materials are available on the Scottish Government website

Notifiable Diseases, Notifiable Organisms and Health Risk States

Part 2 (Notifiable Diseases, Notifiable Organisms and Health Risk States) of the Act came into effect on 1 January 2010.

To support the notifications process and enable those Registered Medical Practitioners working in secondary care who do not have access to SCI Gateway to send notifications to their NHS Board, HPS has provided an alternative notifications form to be used from 1 January 2010.

For those Registered Medical Practitioners working in primary care, all written notifications with effect from 1 January 2010 should be undertaken electronically via SCI Gateway. Those Registered Medical Practitioners working in secondary care who have access to SCI Gateway are expected to notify electronically via SCI Gateway from 1 January 2010.

Notification of Infectious Disease or Health Risk State Form

Methods of Completion and Transmission:

The form can be completed and transmitted in two ways:

  1. Secure email: complete it electronically and send by secure email to the Health Protection Team in your NHS Board.

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  2. Secure post/fax: those without ready access to a computer can complete a paper copy of the form and send by secure post or fax to the Health Protection Team in your NHS Board.

Contact Details

Contact details of all NHS Board Health Protection Teams can be accessed on the last page of the Scottish Government implementation guidance on Part 2 of the Act. Enquiries in relation to the completion of the form should be addressed in the first instance to the Health Protection Team.

Further information on the publishing of data on notifiable diseases that are returned to HPS by NHS boards can be found in the Notifiable Disease Data section of this website.