Interpreting specific and general respiratory indicators in syndromic surveillance

Public Health England (PHE) uses syndromic surveillance systems to monitor for seasonal increases in respiratory illness. Respiratory illnesses create a considerable burden on health care services and therefore identifying the timing and intensity of peaks of activity is important for public health decision-making. Furthermore, identifying the incidence of specific respiratory pathogens circulating in the community is essential for targeting public health interventions e.g. vaccination.

July 10, 2017

The Burden of Seasonal Respiratory Pathogens on a New National Telehealth System

Seasonal rises in respiratory illnesses are a major burden on primary care services. Public Health England (PHE), in collaboration with NHS 111, coordinate a national surveillance system based upon the daily calls received at the NHS 111 telehealth service. Daily calls are categorized according to the clinical ‘pathway’ used by the call handler to assess the presenting complaints of the caller e.g. cold/flu, diarrhoea, rash.

Objective

September 21, 2017

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