Participating laboratories routinely report all identifications of organisms, infection or microbiological intoxication, unless they are known to be of no clinical or public health importance. The collected data is used for; the identification of single cases of severe disease, outbreaks, and longer term trends in the incidence of laboratory reported infections; enhanced surveillance; health protection; analytical and statistical use.
This surveillance system holds patient identifiable information.
By patient identifiable information we mean details such as name, address or
case record number. HPS seeks to limit to a minimum these details and many
systems are anonymised, e.g. do not hold individual names and addresses.
Should you wish details of the patient identifiable information held in this
system, please contact enquiries.