Date lodged: 5 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason Health Protection Scotland publishes data on laboratory reports of norovirus for the latest four weeks only; whether the information for earlier weeks is publically available and, if not, whether it will publish the information for each week since January 2012.
Answered by: Shona Robison 24 October 2017
On 2 October 2017 a new norovirus reporting system recording all ward and bay closures due to norovirus outbreaks in Scotland was launched by Health Protection Scotland (HPS). This will allow closure figures to be selected by date and health board and the ability to view several months’ worth of norovirus data at one time http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/giz/norovirussurveillance.aspx. As this reporting system has only just commenced there is limited data available under the new process, which will be reviewed by HPS after 12 months.
Until 1 October 2017, HPS published a weekly norovirus report on its website. The focus of this report was on the latest four weeks of data to ensure the most relevant information was available. This helped NHS boards with outbreak preparedness and impact assessment, particularly during the winter months when norovirus numbers can increase. Copies of norovirus reports between October 2011 to September 2017 are still available from HPS on request http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/giz/norovirus.aspx.