As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we are cancelling BCG vaccination clinics to allow our team to concentrate on providing support to those diagnosed with active tuberculosis.
Following individual risk assessments, home visiting will be reduced and telephone support increased. Screening for anyone who has come in contact with someone with TB will continue. However, the initial screening assessment will be by telephone, rather than face to face.
We will be writing to all patients already on our caseload. Thank you for your understanding at this time.
Please note: a face covering must be worn when attending any ECCH outpatient clinic or appointment. These may be homemade.
Tuberculosis Nursing Service
Our Community Tuberculosis Service provides advice and information regarding tuberculosis (TB) to the public and healthcare professionals.
We provide community based support and care to adults and children who have been diagnosed with TB, both in their homes and in nurse-led community clinics. We also ‘contact trace’ and offer testing and BCG vaccination, if required, to known contacts of people with TB. TB is a notifiable disease and it is important to stop the spread of infection.
We carry out BCG (TB) vaccinations in nurse-led community clinics following the current risk assessed programme. Children under 16 are now risk assessed and offered the BCG vaccine if they were born in or have a parent or grandparent from a country of risk or if there is a history of TB in the family in the last five years. A high risk country is one with a TB incidence of >40 per 100,000 population. Some other risk groups can be offered BCG vaccination, ie healthcare and veterinary staff.
New entrant screening to detect active and latent TB (and BCG vaccination) is offered to those arriving from countries with a TB incidence of >150 per 100,000 of population, and staying in the UK for 6 months or more. Interpretation and translation services are available.
Northgate Hospital Site
9.00am to 5pm Monday to Friday (An answerphone service is available outside opening hours)