Referral guidanceReferral to the University Hospitals of North Midlands Tuberculosis Service can be made via your GP, practice nurse, health visitor or midwife.
We also welcome and encourage referrals from any other practitioners suspecting TB as a diagnosis as well as referrals from X ray departments, pathology and microbiology laboratories suspecting TB as a diagnosis on the basis of imaging or laboratory samples.
GPs and other referrers
Please fax urgent referrals to 01782 401075 or telephone the clinic on 03007900162 for advice. The team are happy to discuss cases.
If you are concerned about a possible diagnosis of active TB patients will be seen within 1 week of referral.
This is the vaccine that helps to protect against Tuberculosis (TB). BCG is no longer offered routinely to children in the United Kingdom. It has been replaced with a targeted programme for babies, children and young adults at higher risk of TB.
• All babies born or who have a parent or grandparent who were born in a country where there is a high number of cases.
Your midwife or health visitor should arrange a BCG if your baby falls into this category.
• Older children who have not had BCG may be screened for TB risk factors, and tested and vaccinated if appropriate
Please ask your school nurse, health visitor or practice nurse if you feel your child is at increased risk and has not been vaccinated.
•Occupational groups such as those working in healthcare, laboratory staff, veterinary staff, veterinary staff, prison staff, staff of care homes for the elderly and staff of hostels for the homeless
If you are in one of these groups and have not previously been vaccinated you should contact your occupational health provider.
What is TB?
Tuberculosis (TB) is an illness caused by bacteria. TB most commonly affects the lungs, but you can get TB in almost any part of the body. TB is curable with a course of antibiotics, usually lasting 6 months. TB in the lungs is the only type of TB that can be infectious, which means it can be passed on to other people. Most people will not be infectious within 2 weeks of starting to take the correct treatment.
How common is TB?
TB is much less common in the UK than it was early last century, but the number of TB cases has been rising since about 1990. TB is very common in some developing countries where people cannot easily access the drugs they need to get better.
How is TB diagnosed?
If the doctor thinks you may be ill with TB in the lungs they will ask you to give a sputum (phlegm) sample, which will be tested for TB bacteria. If the doctor thinks you may have TB in another part of your body they may do the same test using a sample of fluid or tissue.
What are the symptoms of TB?
People who are ill with TB may have some of the following symptoms
• a cough that lasts for more than 3 weeks
•fever (high temperature)
• night sweats
•unexplained weight loss
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