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Adult Treatment - Meningitis

Prevention of secondary case of meningitis: Only prescribe following advice from Public Health Doctor: 9 am – 5 pm
Out of hours: Contact on-call doctor

Suspected meningococcal disease

PHE Meningo

Transfer all patients to hospital immediately.

IF clinician has time before hospital admission, and non-blanching rash, give IV benzylpenicillin or cefotaxime, 1-3 B+ unless definite history of hypersensitivity 1 B-

Medicine Calendar

IV or IM benzylpenicillin


(give IM if vein cannot be found)

or IV or IM cefotaxime


(give IM if vein cannot be found)

The POCAST project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London and by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity (Grant Ref No:7006/P36U).