If you need medical care or advice that is urgent but not an immediate, genuine emergency, please visit https://111.nhs.uk/ or call 111 first so that trained NHS 111 advisors can tell you the best place to be seen quickly.

Notifiable diseases

Any doctor responsible for a patient believed to be suffering from food poisoning, or any other notifiable disease, has also a statutory duty to notify the Consultant for Communicable Disease Control (CCDC).

For important infections that may require prompt Public Health intervention, e.g.

  • Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia
  • Meningitis
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Legionnaires' disease
  • Anthrax


The CCDC should be contacted on telephone 0344 225 4524 followed by option 1 then 2 (9am-5pm) or fax 0115 8419199.

Out of hours contact the on-call public health doctor through the main hospital switchboard or emergency ambulance service, also via switchboard.

For all patients, notification should be made via Medway Order “Notifiable Diseases PHE notification”

Notification forms are also available on Nightingale 2 Ward at City Hospital Campus, the Emergency Department at QMC, or you can download the form here: 

  • PHE Notification Form 2018.docx [docx] 30KB

  • Acute encephalitis
  • Acute infectious hepatitis
  • Acute meningitis
  • Acute poliomyelitis
  • Anthrax
  • Botulism
  • Brucellosis
  • Cholera
  • Diphtheria
  • Enteric fever (typhoid or paratyphoid fever)
  • Food poisoning
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
  • Infectious bloody diarrhoea
  • Invasive group A streptococcal disease and scarlet fever
  • Legionnaires' disease
  • Leprosy
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal septicaemia
  • Mumps
  • Plague
  • Rabies
  • Rubella
  • SARS
  • Smallpox
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhus
  • Viral hemorrhagic fever(VHFs)*
  • Whooping cough
  • Yellow fever


* VHFs include

  • Argentine HF (Junin)
  • Bolivian HF (Machupo)
  • Chikungunya HF
  • Congo-crimean HF
  • Dengue
  • Ebola
  • Haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (Hantaan)
  • Kyasanur Forest disease
  • Lassa fever
  • Marburg
  • Omsk HF