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GP In Hours Syndromic Surveillance System


A large general practitioner surveillance system that monitors in hours GP consultations for a number of key clinical indicators. This system reports on a daily basis and covers over 40% of the England population


Aim: To monitor daily in hours general practitioner (GP) consultations to assess levels of acute illness/disease in the community

Status: Live system (launched April 2013)

Coverage: England; over 2900 practices reporting on a patient population of over 21 million

Data: GP consultations/diagnoses presented as rates per 100,000 population

Syndromic indicators: A selection of clinical indicators based on aggregated Read codes including respiratory, gastrointestinal and other groups

Statistical alarms: Alarms use modelled baselines (using historic data) identifying indicators/areas where activity is significantly higher than previous years, or recent activity

Year Established: 2013

Frequency of reporting: Daily analysis/weekly reporting (daily reporting possible during national incidents/alerts)

Strengths: Routine daily reporting; excellent coverage across England; able to report at Local Authority (LA) level; multiple GP data providers

Weaknesses: No UK coverage

Collaborators: TPP; University of Nottingham

Key publications: Will appear here

Misc: Replaced HPA/QSurveillance National Syndromic Surveillance System in April 2013

Surveillance outputs: Weekly surveillance bulletin

  • 2014 Bulletin Archive
    Archive of GP in-hours syndromic surveillance system bulletins from 2014.
    Added/updated: 17 July 2014
  • 2013 Bulletin Archive
    Archive of GP in-hours syndromic surveillance system bulletins from 2013.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2013