About the GP Surveillance Scheme
GP surveillance of infections in Wales is an important surveillance scheme run by The Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSC), which has been providing useful information on frequencies and distributions of certain infections in Wales since 1985.
Currently the scheme consists of a volunteer sample of 44 Welsh practices (covering a total population of approximately 355,000 patients), which report cases of measles, mumps, rubella, shingles, chicken pox, pneumonia and influenza to CDSC on a weekly basis. In addition to these eight infections, we are also collecting data on some other conditions-these may vary depending on the season and on other factors.
Anonymised data for each infection is analysed by time, sex and place. Feedback is provided to all participating practices and to healthcare professionals throughout Wales and Europe in a weekly newsletter. Data from the scheme are also posted on the Public Health Wales website obtainable from the link: GP Surveillance Newsletter
Previously anonymous basic information of patients with any of the eight infections (measles, mumps, rubella, shingles, chicken pox, pneumonia and influenza), including sex, age group and diagnosis date, were recorded on a notepad provided by CDSC Wales. The practice manager/senior receptionist transfers these details to a master form, which was returned to CDSC Wales using one of the following methods; pre-paid post, fax, email or telephone.
Since week 40 2010 (week ending 10 October), the sentinel GP practices are reporting data collected using the automated data collection system Audit+.
As well as collecting data on the eight infections previously reported in the weekly report , we will be collecting data on consultations for other diseases, including, for the first time, some diseases that are not infectious: heatstroke and severe asthma. Collection of data on these, and other diseases such as: measles, mumps, diarrhoea and vomiting, will assist in Public Health Wales’ response during public health emergencies.
Built into the design of the ‘Data Quality System’ is the capacity to extend reporting from the current 44 sentinel practices to all practices in
Enhanced Influenza Surveillance Scheme
In 2005, with funding from the Welsh Assembly Government, enhanced virological surveillance of influenza was also successfully introduced. Virological surveillance of respiratory infections is an important component of influenza surveillance
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the scheme in further detail please contact Dr Simon Cottrell on 029 20402472
Last updated: 21/01/2011