Notifying Toi Te Ora Public Health / Medical Officer of Health
All health practitioners are required to notify suspected or confirmed cases of notifiable diseases.
Check if the disease requires urgent or non-urgent notification (see the tables below).
Urgent disease notifications:
- Please notify on clinical suspicion.
- During working hours, phone Toi Te Ora Public Health on 0800 221 555
- After hours all urgent notifications must be phoned to the on-call Medical Officer of Health via the hospital switchboard
- Overnight notifications can be made in exceptional circumstances if you think immediate public health action or intervention is required.
Non-urgent disease notifications:
Make sure you have relevant case details available when calling, including:
- Symptoms and signs of the illness
- Results of diagnostic tests if relevant
- Occupation, and place of work, school, or preschool
- Date of illness onset
- If known, contacts of an infectious case – especially vulnerable people
- Vaccination status of the index case if relevant
- If known, suspected source of infection (e.g. functions attended, contact with another case).
- Recent countries visited and date of arrival in New Zealand if relevant
- Whether the patient has been informed that they have, or may have, a notifiable disease