Who is this service for?
This service is for people being investigated or treated for TB, and people seeking advice and guidance about the management and treatment of TB.
We provide new-entrant latent tuberculosis screening for eligible people.
What we do
There are four nurses in the team, providing outreach and support to people with active or latent tuberculosis (TB) in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The team are responsible for identifying and arranging screening for people who’ve been exposed to TB.
We provide information, advice and education about TB to health professionals and the community. We are also responsible for TB contact tracing which aims to detect people who are infected with TB, but show no clinical evidence of the disease.
The nurses within the team work closely with TB specialist doctors at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) and Southmead Hospital to support people who are being investigated or treated for TB. They visit people at home, making sure they get the help they need to complete their courses of treatment and tailoring their support to individual needs. The nurses also arrange TB check-ups for people who have had contact with someone that has an infectious case of TB.
We run clinics and invite some individuals who have recently arrived in the UK from countries with a very high incidence of TB infections to have latent TB screening test.
Our nurses are more than happy to provide advice to anyone who has any questions about TB, including health professionals and members of the public. If you would like to get in touch with us please call, e-mail or write to us using the contact details on this page.
How do I access this service?
People are referred to our service by the hospital doctor in charge of their investigations or treatment.
We cannot accept self-referrals. However our nurses are happy to answer any queries that the public and health professionals may have about TB.
Patients are very welcome, and encouraged, to make contact with us. This can be done either by phoning our office on the number above, or by phoning one of our nurses’ mobile numbers, which will have been given to existing patients. You can call us Monday – Friday between 8.30am and 5pm. Outside of these hours messages can be left on our office phone. We will aim to respond the next working day.
I’m a clinician – how do I make a referral to this service?
Referral information and other clinical guidance can be found on the CCG’s Remedy site:
Tuberculosis (TB) Nurse Service
Lawrence Hill Health Centre
Tel: 0117 9543066