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In ‘27 years of uninterrupted contact tracing. The ‘Tyneside Scheme’’, Wigfield1 describes the first co-ordinated regional partner notification (PN) programme in the UK. Set up in 1943 to control gonorrhoea and syphilis, the approach provides a blueprint for good practice that is still pertinent today: a specialist team of contact—tracers supporting both patient and provider referral; diligent record keeping; co-operation …
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