Tuberculosis (TB) Service

What is Tuberculosis (TB)?

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by a germ (also known as a bacterium) called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  It usually affects the lungs, but can affect any part of the body such as the brain, kidneys, lymph glands and bones.

TB is curable.

TB is usually treated with a 6 month course of antibiotics, which must be completed in order to discourage recurrence of the disease or drug resistance.

Elements of the service.

The main elements of the Countywide Community TB Service are to:

  • Provide support for patients diagnosed with TB
  • Contact screening service to assess the potential of transmission of TB
  • New entrant screening for individuals identified as "at risk" of TB
  • Support the investigation and diagnosis processes
  • Provide a specialist resource for advice
  • Offer training and raise awareness of the disease

NB: The Countywide Community TB Service does not currently offer: Mantoux Tests, BCG vaccinations, Occupational Health Screening, Screening clinics for at risk groups e.g. homeless.

Countywide Community TB Service Team

The Countywide Community TB Service includes a dedicated TB Nurse Specialist who works with Consultants in respiratory medicine, infectious diseases and paediatrics (child care). The wider team also includes specialists in microbiology, radiology, pharmacy, general practitioners, health protection and public health.

Contact Details

Community TB Services, South Business Unit,

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust,

Unit 7, The Point,

Unit 16, Lions Way,

SLEAFORD,

Lincs, NG34 8GG

 Telephone Number: 01522 307 239

 TB Nurse Specialist MOBILE: 07879 621376

 Fax Number: 01529 300 364

 

Referral Criteria

All patients living within the geographical boundaries of Lincolnshire (excluding North Lincolnshire).

Patients can also refer themselves, but need to telephone the service first to ensure there is a need to be seen.

 Community Tuberculosis Service Referral Form

Countywide Community Tuberculosis (TB) Service Guidance

All local guidance is in line with nationally set standards and is supervised by the Lincolnshire TB Board.

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday

9am-5pm

Out of Hours

During out of hours, you may contact the following:

  • GP
  • Out of Hours Service
  • Walk-in Centre
  • A&E /  999 service 

Links to other websites

 TB Alert

 NICE Guidance

 Immunisation