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Real-time Syndromic Surveillance

Syndromic surveillance map of England

Syndromic Surveillance is the real-time (or near real-time) collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of health-related data to enable the early identification of the impact (or absence of impact) of potential human or veterinary public-health threats which require effective public health action.


The Public Health England (PHE) Real-time Syndromic Surveillance Team (ReSST) co-ordinate several national syndromic systems and produce routine syndromic surveillance bulletins and reports. Further information on each of these systems, and the latest available surveillance data are available on these web pages.


What's new

  • Latest Syndromic Surveillance Summary - 17 April 2014

PHE Syndromic Surveillance Summary 2014 week 15 (PDF, 292 KB)

  • Latest Syndromic Surveillance Bulletins - 17 April 2014

PHE Remote Health Advice Weekly Bulletin 2014 Week 15 (PDF, 237 KB)

PHE GP In Hours Weekly Bulletin 2014 Week 15 (PDF, 451 KB) 

PHE GP In Hours Weekly Data 2014 Week 15 (Excel Spreadsheet, 192 KB) 

PHE GP Out of Hours Weekly Bulletin 2014 Week 15 (PDF, 479 KB) 

PHE Emergency Department Weekly Bulletin 2014 Week 15 (PDF, 550 KB)

RCGP Communicable and Respiratory Disease Report 2014 Week 15 (PDF, 392 KB)  

Latest Real-time Syndromic Surveillance Team Publications

The ReSST have produced a brief summary of the statistical methods used during routine daily syndromic surveillance. These statistical methods help identify unusual increases or spikes in activity and whether activity is higher than seen in previous years:  ReSST Description of statistical methods (PDF, 148 KB) 

Morbey RA, Elliot AJ, Charlett A, Andrews N, Verlander NQ, Ibbotson S, Smith GE. Development and refinement of new statistical methods for enhanced syndromic surveillance during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Health Informatics J. 2014; 1460458213517577 [Epub ahead of print]. 

Elliot AJ, Hughes HE, Hughes TC, Locker TE, Brown R, Sarran C, Clewlow Y, Murray V, Bone A, Catchpole M, McCloskey B, Smith GE. The impact of thunderstorm asthma on emergency department attendances across London during July 2013. Emerg Med J. 2013; doi: 10.1136/emermed-2013-203122.

Morbey RA, Elliot AJ, Charlett A, Ibbotson S, Verlander NQ, Leach S, Hall I, Barrass I, Catchpole M, McClosekey B, Said B, Walsh A, Pebody R, Smith GE. Using public health scenarios to predict the utility of a national syndromic surveillance programme during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Epidemiol. Infect. 2013; 10.1017/SO95026881300188X.

Elliot AJ, Morbey RA, Hughes HE, Harcourt SE, Smith S, Loveridge P, Edeghere O, Ibbotson S, McCloskey B, Catchpole M, Smith GE. Syndromic surveillance - a public health legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Public Health. 2013;127(8):777-81.

Lackenby A, Elliot AJ, Powers C, Andrews N, Ellis J, Bermingham A, Thompson C, Galiano M, Large S, Durnall H, Fleming D, Smith G, Zambon M. Virological self-sampling to monitor influenza antiviral susceptibility in a community cohort. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2013;68(10):2324-31.


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