The PHPU is responsible for key aspects of communicable disease and infection control, emergency planning, waterborne incidents, chemical and microbiological incidents and environmental health work.
We provide specialist advice and support to health staff working in the community (e.g. GPs, practice nurses, health visitors and staff nurses); hospitals; local councils; and other local organisations, and discuss and agree how best to deliver health protection locally.
We investigate and manage a full range of health protection incidents (including outbreaks of diseases such as meningitis and food poisoning) and carry out surveillance, co-ordination, support and the monitoring of certain key national programmes.
We co-ordinate immunisation within the Board area.