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Infections: key data sources

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) is the main source of data and intelligence on infection in Scotland. HPS receives data from:

  • NHS microbiology laboratories in Scotland (all associated with NHS hospitals) and some private laboratories.
  • The four Public Analyst microbiology laboratories in Scotland, which process food and environmental specimens.
  • The reference laboratories in Scotland for certain organisms of clinical significance: Mycobacteria spp, Cryptosporidium, parasites, Salmonella, E. coli O157, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and S. aureus, Legionella, Pneumococci, Meningococci, Toxoplasma and Lyme disease.
  • The five regional virus laboratories.
  • Reference laboratories in England and Wales for diagnostic tests not available in Scotland, such as for Borrelia spp, Bartonella spp (cat scratch disease), Streptococci spp, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Multiple-resistant Gram-negative bacilli, Leptospira, anaerobes and others.

Data are also received for some surveillance or research work directly from hospital clinics and departments involved in these studies. HPS also publishes data on the statutory notifiable diseases that are returned to ISD by NHS boards under the terms of statutory public health legislation.

Page last updated: 15 September 2017

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