Notification of Infectious Disease (NOID) Y&H

Reporting Notifiable Diseases

Schedule 1 Diseases - URGENT

Diseases marked with an asterisk (*) should be notified urgently. Urgent notifications should be telephoned to the Y&H HPT within 24 hours on 0113 386 0300 – please refer to Department of Health Protection Legislation (England) Guidance 2010 (http://www.dh.gov.uk/)

PLEASE REMEMBER: this is not an exhaustive list and the general ‘all hazards’ principle is to notify all cases where there may be a risk to other people as part of outbreaks or from other exposures such as carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Acute meningitis*
  • Acute poliomyelitis*
  • Acute infectious hepatitis*
  • Anthrax*
  • Botulism*
  • Cholera*
  • Diphtheria*
  • Enteric fever (typhoid or paratyphoid fever)*
  • Haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)*
  • Invasive group A streptococcal disease*
  • Legionnaires’ Disease*
  • Meningococcal septicaemia*
  • Measles*
  • Rabies*
  • SARs*
  • Smallpox*
  • Viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF)*

 Schedule 1 Diseases (not urgent)   

The process for completing a notification form has changed. Routine notification should be completed via the online form Notification (NOID) Form for any of the following:

  • Acute encephalitis
  • Brucellosis
  • COVID-19
  • Food poisoning
  • Infectious bloody diarrhoea
  • Leprosy
  • Malaria
  • Mumps
  • Plague
  • Rubella
  • Scarlet fever
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhus
  • Whooping cough
  • Yellow fever

Who should notify?

Registered medical practitioners (RMPs) have a statutory duty to notify the ‘proper officer’ at their local health protection team (HPT) of suspected (they do not need to be laboratory confirmed) cases of certain infectious diseases.  For more detail on reporting responsibilities of RMPs, see page 14 of Health Protection Legislation (England) Guidance 2010.

All RMPs must pass the notification to PHE via their local health protection team within 3 days of becoming aware of the case, or within 24 hours for urgent cases.  If you think your patient may live outside of Yorkshire and Humber and you need help finding your local HPT use the postcode lookup.

What to notify?

The RMP should notify any infection or chemical contamination which could present significant harm to human health. For a list of notifiable diseases click (HPT Infectious Diseases). The risk may often be to other people and notification may prevent other people becoming unwell. 

RMPs attending a patient must notify the local authority in which the patient resides when they have “reasonable grounds for suspecting” that the patient:

  • has a Notifiable disease as listed in Schedule 1 (see here) of the Notification Regulations; or
  • has an infection not included in Schedule 1 which in the view of the RMP presents, or could present, significant harm to human health e.g. emerging or new infections; or 
  • is contaminated, such as with chemicals or radiation, in a manner which, in the view of the RMP presents, or could present, significant harm to human health; or
  • has died with, but not necessarily because of, a Notifiable disease, or other infectious disease or contamination that presents, or could present, or that presented or could have presented significant harm to human health.

When and how to notify?

To check if a notification is urgent, click here.

NOTE: NOTIFICATION SHOULD BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF CLINICAL SUSPICION – DO NOT WAIT FOR LAB CONFIRMATION.

What happens when you make a notification?

Depending on the infectious disease suspected or confirmed, public health advice may include self-isolation, exclusion from school or the workplace, further testing (for certain infectious diseases Y&H HPT may provide self-administered salivary swab tests to patients, or antibiotic prophylaxis or vaccination of family members or other contacts.

Laboratories: report notifiable organisms (causative agents)

All laboratories in England must notify PHE on the confirmation of a notifiable disease.

Read the guidance for diagnostic laboratories on reporting causative agents to PHE (PDF, 344KB, 29 pages) .