University Hospitals of North Midlands'
Tuberculosis clinic is provided from Cobridge Community Health
The TB service assesses patients with suspected TB infection, initiates anti-TB
treatment, monitors the treatment and provides a TB screening programme for high
risk individuals. We have about 40-50 TB cases a year in North Staffordshire but
our service, providing specialist healthcare in the community, sees over 3,000
patients per year. We will have two consultant led clinics and five nurse led
clinics per week at Cobridge Community Health Centre.
The service will still be operated by the same
University Hospitals staff currently providing high standards of care. The real
advantage is getting these patients seen out in the community at a location that
is more convenient to them. TB is not a reason to be admitted to hospital so
there is no real reason why the service should be located at an acute hospital.
Cobridge Community Health Centre, which opened in 2011, is a £14m pound development. The facilities include an on-site pharmacy, chest clinic and x-ray department that will support
GP referred X-ray requests and on-site Outpatient clinics.