Meningococcal disease: PGD template for supply of ciprofloxacin

Patient group direction (PGD) template to supply ciprofloxacin for meningococcal disease clusters of 2 or more cases in a congregate setting.


Prophylaxis ciprofloxacin for meningococcal disease: PGD template

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This PGD template is to support the supply of ciprofloxacin to adults and children for the management of clusters of meningococcal disease, when 2 or more cases are reported in a congregate setting. It is valid from 10 February 2017 until 10 February 2020.

It can be used when a decision has been made by a consultant in health protection or a consultant in public health medicine to offer chemoprophylaxis to:

  • children and staff of the same preschool group
  • children of the same school year
  • children or students who share a common social activity or a group of friends

The PGD template requires further authorisation, by a clinical governance or patient safety lead who has designated responsibility for signing PGDs, so it meets legal requirements for a PGD. The PGD is not legal or valid without this local, formal authorisation.

Adoption and governance of the use of this PGD is the responsibility of the authorising commissioning body and providers.

Provider organisations and health professionals should check they are working to the current PGD versions and only work to a legally authorised PGD from their commissioning body.

Published 17 February 2017