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Public Health England

Public Health England (PHE) protects and improves the nation's health and wellbeing, and aims to reduce health inequalities. PHE is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health.

Public Health England was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service.

Public Health England is a Category 1 Responder (Civil Contingencies Act 2004), and provides specialist advice and support to the emergency services and the NHS.

The details listed are for use by healthcare professionals requiring expert advice only. Members of the public should contact their own GP or NHS 111 for advice on personal or family health issues.

Urgent and out of hours advice and support:

Local - Healthcare professionals who wish to discuss or obtain advice on a general health protection or public health matter, report a local notifiable disease, outbreak of infection or have a vaccination enquiry out of office hours, should contact their local PHE health protection team.

National - Healthcare professionals seeking national expert advice should contact PHE using the numbers below.

  • Emergency preparedness and response switchboard:01980 612100
  • Infectious diseases: 020 8200 4400
  • Radiation: 01235 834590
  • Chemicals: 0844 8920555
  • Poisons: 0844 892 0111

If you are unsure of which department to contact to discuss or obtain advice on a subject on which PHE has expertise out of office hours, contact the emergency preparedness and response switchboard.

For more information about this organisation, please visit their website.

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