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					Notifiable Diseases Guidance Note

Originating         Health & Safety Services
Department:
Enquiries to:       Elijah Moyanah

Approving           Pro Vice Chancellor (Corporate) on behalf of the
Committee/Body:     Executive and HSJC
Last Approved:      November 2009

Next due for        November 2011
approval:
Document Type       GUIDELINE
(delete as
appropriate):
Mandatory Target    All staff, Students and Stake holders at LSBU
Audience:
Also of Relevance
to:
Brief Summary of    Overview of action to take if affect by notifiable
Purpose:            disease at LSBU – link
                    http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/safety/HSpolicies/policies.shtml




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          GUIDANCE NOTE ON NOTIFICATION OF NOTIFIABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES 

1. Purpose:
The purpose of this document is to:
    raise general awareness among students and staff of common notifiable infectious diseases.
    ensure guidelines on reporting in case of outbreak.

2. General awareness information on notifiable infectious diseases
A notifiable disease is one that doctors are largely obliged to report to a public health medical officer of the local authority. Some
examples of notifiable disease are:

Cholera
Meningitis (see also Appendix 2)
Mumps
Rubella
Typhoid fever
Viral hepatitis

For a full list see Appendix 1

If you suspect that you or someone you know might have a notifiable disease:
       Don't wait for all the symptoms to appear.

    If a student in halls of residence:
          Inform the halls manager/officer. 

          Explain why you are concerned, describing the symptoms carefully.

          Halls manager/officer to immediately inform the Health and Safety Adviser (during normal working hours). 




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        	 If after hours, the halls manager/officer should arrange for the student to receive medical attention and inform the Health
           and Safety Adviser first thing in the morning.

    If a student during normal lecture/study times:
           Inform your lecturer or someone in charge of your activity. 

           Explain why you are concerned, describing the symptoms carefully.

           You or the person you have reported to should contact Health and Safety Services on 6213, 6079 or 6220 without delay. 


    If a member of staff during normal working hours:
           Inform your line manager.
           You or your line manager should contact Health and Safety Services on 6213, 6079 or 6220.
            Explain why you are concerned, describing the symptoms carefully.

    If a member of staff after normal hours:
           Inform security staff 

           Security staff should call an ambulance/taxi to take you to the nearest medical centre. 

           Security staff to report the case to the Health and Safety Adviser first thing the next morning.


    The Health and Safety Adviser will:
       Ensure that the student/member of staff receives medical attention as soon as possible. 

       Gather enough information on the case in order to advise relevant staff. 

       Liaise with medical centre/hospital to find out about case management, diagnosis and prognosis. 

       Disseminate pertinent information to relevant university personnel as seen fit.

       Liaise with the South East London Health Protection Unit (Public Health on 020 7716 7030 – 24 hour service) to establish 

        case confirmation and the next steps to be taken.
       Assist the Major Incident Management Team (MIMT) in its role (if major incident is declared).
       Ensure that next of kin have been informed.



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 FIG 1: DIAGRAMATIC REPRESENTATION OF NOTIFIABLE DISEASE GUIDELINES 




                                CASE OF NOTIFIABLE DISEASE 





STUDENT IN HALLS:         STUDENTS DURING              IF STAFF – NORMAL                       IF STAFF – AFTER
 NOTIFY HALLS            NORMAL STUDY                 HOURS                                   HOURS
MANAGER                   ACTIVITIES                    INFORM LINE MANAGER                    CONTACT SECURITY
                           INFORM LECTURER                                                    ON 6666




HALLS MANAGER             LECTURER                     LINE MANAGER                            SECURITY
 CONTACT H&S (DURING      CONTACT H&S OFFICE          CONTACT H&S                            CALL AMBULANCE, SEND
NORMAL HOURS ON 6213      ON 6213 OR 6220                                                      CASUALTY TO HOSPITAL
OR 6220)                                                                                        INFORM H&S FIRST THING
 IF AFTER HOURS, SEND                                                                         IN THE MORNING
STUDENT TO HOSPITAL,
CONTACT H&S FIRST THING
IN THE MORNING
                                 HEALTH & SAFETY ADVISER
                                  ENSURE STUDENT/STAFF RECEIVES MEDICAL
                                 ATTENTION
                                  GIVE RELEVANT ADVICE
                                  LIAISE WITH OUTSIDE AGENCIES EG PUBLIC HEALTH


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Appendix 1: List of Notifiable Diseases

The law requires the notification of cases of the diseases listed below. By law, the responsibility for notifying a case or suspected
case of food poisoning or infectious diseases listed below rests with the Medical Practitioner attending the patient unless they
believe that another Practitioner has already notified the case. However, the responsibility for reporting cases or suspected cases to
relevant agencies at London South Bank University rests with the Health and Safety Department.



Anthrax                                         Paratyphoid fever
Cholera                                         Plague
Diphtheria                                      Poliomyelitis
Dysentery                                       Rabies
(amoebic or bacillary)                          Relapsing fever
Encephalitis
Food poisoning                                  Scarlet fever
Leprosy                                         Smallpox
Leptospirosis                                   Tetanus
Malaria                                         Tuberculosis – all forms
Measles                                         Typhoid fever
Meningitis                                      Typhus
Meningococcal Septicaemia                       Viral haemorrhagic fever
(without Meningitis)                            Viral hepatitis
Mumps                                           Whooping cough
Ophthalmic neonatorum                           Yellow fever

             Rubella


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Appendix 2: Meningitis

This appendix has been drawn to raise awareness to staff and students about Meningitis. Meningitis is a potentially fatal contagious
disease.

The symptoms of meningitis can seem quite innocuous like those of cold, flu or even a hangover. They are:

    	   High temperature or fever
    	   Severe headache
    	   Dislike of bright light
    	   Neck stiffness (cannot touch your chin to your chest)
    	   Joint or muscle pains
    	   Feeling drowsy or lethargic
    	   Confusion or disorientation
    	   Being violently sick.
    	   Rapid deterioration of health
    	   Rash of tiny red/purple pin-prick spots which may spread to look like fresh bruising
    	   In the majority of cases, the rash does not disappear when pressed firmly for example if you were to press a glass against
         it.

Do not wait for all of the symptoms to appear - they may not. Follow the reporting guidelines given
in this document.

Important Information

    	 All first-year students from the UK should have been to their family doctor before coming to London South Bank University
       for the new conjugate meningitis vaccine, if not already given at school.



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    	 Overseas students should have tried to obtain the meningitis vaccine from their own doctor before travelling to the UK. All
       students are encouraged to register with a GP as soon as they arrive in London.

    	 If you are not yet registered with a doctor, please do so as soon as possible or contact Head of Student Administration on
       extension 6029 or Health and Safety Adviser on 6213, 6079 or 6220.

Further information can be obtained from:

24 hours help lines

Meningitis Trust                          0845   6000 800
Meningitis Research Foundation            0808   800 3344
NHS Direct                                0845   4647
International helpline                    0870   1247000

Other information and advice

Health and Safety Office - extension 6213 or 6220.


Websites
Meningitis Research Foundation: http://www.meningitis.org
Meningitis Trust: http://www.meningitis-trust.org

Approved by Mike Wilkinson – Pro Vice Chancellor (Corporate) on behalf of the Executive and HSJC, November 2009




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