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Reaudit of laboratory diagnostic methods for syphilis 2011
  1. R de Nobrega1,
  2. R J Manuel2,
  3. A K Amin1,
  4. M Shemko2,
  5. J Paul3,
  6. C A Ison2
  1. 1 Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Public Health England, London, UK
  3. 3 Public Health England, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rachael de Nobrega, Microbiology Department, Barts Health NHS Trust, 3rd Floor Pathology and Pharmacy Building, 80 Newark Street, Whitechapel, E1 2ES, UK; Rachael.denobrega{at}

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The Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) introduced a national Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the serological diagnosis of syphilis in 2007.1 A national audit at that time revealed concerns about testing regimes and reporting delays.2

A reaudit in London and Eastern England in 2011 investigated the impact of the SOP on the speed of result reporting and on patient care. Laboratories received a questionnaire and non-responders were contacted by telephone. A planned national reaudit was interrupted due to the release of a Medical Device Alert for an EIA for …

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  • Contributors RD—acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting and revision of the letter. RM—conception and design of the audit, acquisition of data. AA—conception and design of the audit. MS—design of the audit and acquisition of data. JP—conception and design of the audit and drafting and revision of the letter. CI—conception and design of the audit. All authors reviewed and approved the final article.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement All data from the audit are available on request. Please contact the first author, Rachael de Nobrega.